Thursday, February 3, 2022

Battlefield 2042 Season One Delayed

Dice has acknowledged Battlefield 2042's flaws, pledging to polish the game and match fan expectations for EA's next FPS. Dice is postponing the game's first season in order to do this.

"We have heard you," Dice writes in a blog post. "So, we are heavily invested and committed to the future of Battlefield 2042 – working on taking action on multiple fronts to address feedback and implement extensive fixes to the game, key features that are important to you, and getting team play where it needs to be. 

We've had to make some big decisions to ensure that our next set of updates can be focused on delivering these improvements, with the most substantial one being to move the release date of our first season to early summer. This decision gives us the time to focus on improving the Battlefield 2042 experience while finalizing the development of our seasonal content to ensure that it all reaches our standard for quality." 

While this is good news for the shooter's future, it's undoubtedly a disappointment for fans who were looking forward to Season One and any more content that could come with it. Dice, on the other hand, gave a preview of what to anticipate in Season One:

"When Season One arrives in early summer, it will mark the start of a year where we'll deliver four Seasons, four new Specialists, and new locations along with more completely new content," the blog post reads. "We know that this release is later than anticipated for many of you who purchased the Year 1 Pass as part of the Gold and Ultimate Editions. To acknowledge and thank you for your patience and continued support, those players will receive an exclusive bundle containing a Specialist skin, weapon and vehicle skins, a melee weapon, and Player Card, all to be delivered in the next update." 

Dice also shared a snapshot of the future updates it has planned, and they look promising:

  • Scoreboard: "In our next update, we'll be adding a refreshed in-round Scoreboard alongside further changes we've worked on since the holidays. This will be an ongoing evolution from what was shown in the work in progress we shared recently. We have heard your feedback around including two tables and separating your own team versus the enemy, and are working on incorporating that for the release. K/D scoring and End of Round reporting will also be coming in a future update." 
  • All Platform Voice Communication: "The arrival of voice communication (VOIP) is just the start of the improvements we're bringing to enhance team play and communications." 
  • Player Profile: "Giving you a better overview of your career on the battlefield and how far you have to go for your next unlock."

Dice claims the studio would "incorporate a clearer, tighter squad loop, a revised ping mechanism, and an enhanced reward loop for when you and your squad play the goal" to fix 2042's existing team play issues. In-game gunplay will continue to develop as a result of player input.

On the Portal side of things, Dice says it will continue to develop its tools, modes, and player experience gain. In this mode, it has also been examining Specialists, and while the studio doesn't have much to say about them just now, it will in the future, according to the blog post.

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