With the new year now in full swing and development resumed on Battlefield 2042, DICE has detailed the first set of updates on the way to its besieged shooting game over the coming weeks, and promises e.g. Portal XP changes and a revision of the Scoreboard UI.
DICE detailed its plans in one series of tweets on the Battlefield Direct Communication feed and notes that the first of its updates will arrive tomorrow, January 20th. Update 3.2 as it is known will offer minor fixes and improvements with a focus on stability, plus adjustments to XP in portal mode which will “enable more servers and game types to advance on Mastery and Weekly Missions”.
More specifically, per minute the XP limit across all Portal modes from tomorrow will increase to 300 – “Achieving XP usually comes in bursts, and our intention with this change is to reduce the frequency of XP bursts that are limited during gameplay “, DICE notes – while items available to serve in Mastery and Weekly missions will now be determined by the modifiers used and whether the Rule Editor, Damage / Health modifiers or AI are enabled.
Then there is update 3.3, which is currently expected to arrive sometime between mid and late February, introducing an updated Scoreboard user interface and a number of other changes implemented since Battlefield 2042’s development resumed after the party period.
DICE says it plans to keep iterating on its scoreboard user interface over time based on player feedback, but its initial round of tweaks will add a new panel showing “how players stack up across the server”, as it seen in the ongoing work screenshot below.
There’s more to come than the first two updates, and DICE got into some of the other work it’s doing to improve Battlefield 2042, including game performance. “Our teams continue to analyze the data available to us,” it explained, “and develop additional optimizations that allow the game to make the best use of your hardware. In each update, we will deliver big and small changes,” which aims to tackle the issues and improve your experience. “
As for questions regarding matchmaking preferences in All-Out Warfare and All Platform VOIP, the developer simply said that both were “still on our radar”, although it has no more to announce at this time. “We wanted to assure you all that these are still ahead of your mind,” it added, “and we want more to show and share on these topics further down the line.”
Of course, it has been some uneven months for Battlefield 2042, where the shooter was launched in a state where it quickly became one of Steam’s worst reviewed games ever. Eurogamer’s Martin Robinson went so far as to call its launch “a disaster” and wrote: “Since Battlefield 2042 went live last Friday, I’ve endured heavy crashes, server problems and whole nights where it’s simply impossible to play … This is another Battlefield launching in a deplorable state, and it’s up there with Battlefield 4’s infamous deplorable start. “
DICE has continued to massage the experience with a number of updates released since then, but it’s still managed to attract anger over other questionable choices after launch, including the decision to remove fan-favorite Rush mode from Portal’s featured playlist earlier in the year. year – a move it quickly reversed after a marked backlash.
Aside from the game’s minor updates, players are still waiting to be notified when they may finally be able to experience Battlefield 2042’s first season of content after launch – especially given complaints about its currently limited list of activities – with data amines that suggests that it is not likely to begin until March.