Battlefield Class system was one of the aspects that made that franchise standout from the rest of the competition during the peak days. However, Battlefield 2042 went too far for some fans when it abandoned classes in favour of distinctive specialist characters. Every new Battlefield game changes with classes in some fashion; Battlefield 3’s heresy was doing away of medics and giving defibrillators to the Assault class. Battlefield fans may simply prefer things the way they were or they may be anti-individualists on principle, DICE has acknowledged. The return of classes has begun.
As part of DICE’s now year-long “we’ve heard you” quest to redesign the 128-player FPS in response to player criticism, the Battlefield 2042 class system overhaul was announced a while back. Although the studio has kept some of its choices—killing specialists or abandoning 128-player modes because some players prefer 64—the overall result has been a rolling back of the biggest changes 2042 brought to the Battlefield series.
Battlefield 2042 did, in fact, have classes when it first launched, but they were largely meaningless. The class of each specialist will be important when the new class system is implemented because it will affect which utility items they can carry. In its most recent class rework progress update, DICE reached the following conclusions:
Class Equipment (Always available)
- Assault: Med Pen
- Engineer: Repair Tool
- Support: Defibrillator
- Recon: Insertion Beacon
- Assault: Smoke Launcher, IBA Armor Plate, C5 Explosive, M18 Claymore
- Engineer: Anti-Tank Mine, Recoilless M5, FXM-33 AA Missile, FGM-148 Javelin, EOD Bot
- Support: Ammo Crate, Medical Crate, Smoke Launcher, M18 Claymore
- Recon: T-UGS, Tracer Dart Gun, M18 Claymore, C5 Explosive, Prox Sensor, SOFLAM Designator
- Assault: Frag Grenade, Smoke Grenade, Concussion Grenade, Incendiary Grenade
- Engineer: Frag Grenade, Smoke Grenade, EMP Grenade, Incendiary Grenade
- Support: Frag Grenade, Smoke Grenade, EMP Grenade, Incendiary Grenade
- Recon: Frag Grenade, Smoke Grenade, EMP Grenade, Incendiary Grenade
Assault rifles for Assault, LMGs for Support, SMGs for Medics, and sniper rifles for Recon were the only available weapons in previous Battlefield classes. Battlefield 2042 does not limit weapon selection based on class, and DICE claims that this is one choice it won’t be changing. Classes will receive advantages for utilising specific weapons, though. For instance, recon specialists will involuntarily hold their breath longer when using a sniper rifle to aim through the scope.
More information on the system and the reasons DICE came to its judgments is provided in the most recent Battlefield 2042 “Core Feedback” post.
Season 3, which begins in a few weeks, will see these adjustments to the classes. A new specialist, new map, new battle pass, an update to the Battlefield Portal, and two more map redesigns will all be included in the season.
Battlefield 2042 will soon be available for a free trial. The dates to keep in mind on a PC are December 1 through December 5. In addition to receiving a “Welcome Bundle” that has “a variety of new cosmetics as well as quick access to the Season 1 and Season 2 Specialists, Lis and Crawford,” Battlefield 2042 will be free to play on Steam during those times. Your progress will be kept if you purchase the game during or after the free trial period.
In the meanwhile, you can check out the new upcoming screen keyboard.