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Confirmed during the Battlefield 2042 Official Battlefield Briefing Stream on Twitch Today, leading game designers confirmed that Battlefield 2042’s new maps and specialists would cost nothing to prevent the player base from splitting into paid DLC cards and paid specialists.
This has been a massive problem in Battlefield V and other Battlefield games in the past. DLC cards often split servers up and mean newbies may not always be able to enjoy everything the game has to offer. Unlike previous Battlefield games, new content will be completely free.
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Community Manager @PartWelsh sits down to chat with the DICE team and takes you behind the scenes of #BATTLEFIELD 2042 👀
Take a look now! https://t.co/3gylIstsbjpic.twitter.com/wI4wxOBLaau
– Battlefield (@Battlefield) June 15, 2021
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Each Battle Pass contains the new maps, four new specialists, and other unconfirmed core content of the game. Four seasons are planned for the first year of the game’s life cycle. It’s pretty exciting to see DICE come up with a clear plan for the live service portion of Battlefield after the Battlefield V failure.
Although the core content will be free, there is a paid version of the Battlefield 2042 Battle Pass that includes cosmetics. This will likely follow the pattern of the previous cosmetics in Battlefield, with skins for soldiers and vehicles.
It’s pretty clear that the most important change in Battlefield is going to be specialists. Although the class system still exists in the game, specialists will shape everyone’s experience in the game. Thank you DICE for not asking for the privilege.
During today’s Battlefield stream behind the scenes, it was confirmed that specialists can change their devices and weapons, which will have a huge impact on the gameplay. One example was: reconnaissance specialists (more to be confirmed) can carry a shotgun as a secondary weapon and switch their class devices in addition to their specialist device.
Further news from today’s stream confirmed the sheer size of the maps, more about the dynamic weather on the different levels and a little insight into one of the new game modes: Hazard Zone.
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The developers quickly made it clear that Hazard Zone is NOT a battle royale, but it does focus on small, intense squad-based battles that certainly sound more competitive. Maybe Battlefield will finally succeed in its turn-based target / competition shooter like Call of Duty or CS: GO? Who knows.
More information on Battlefield will be revealed on EA Play in July. The danger zone will then receive more coverage.