Battlefield 2042 Map Design Improvements

Bat­tle­field 2042 has quite a few map design adjust­ments in the works, accord­ing to DICE. The devel­op­er iden­ti­fied five map issues it plans on improv­ing, includ­ing tra­ver­sal, inten­si­ty, line of sight, paths, and cov­er. DICE wants play­er feed­back for to help guide them in the right direc­tion of change for each of these design elements.

  • Tra­ver­sal–Address­ing play­ers’ com­plaints that the game feels like a “walk­ing sim­u­la­tor” because of the large dis­tance between Flags, DICE aims to posi­tion Base Spawn and Flags to improve game­play experience.
  • Inten­si­tyDICE iden­ti­fied Break­through 128 play­er modes as poten­tial­ly being too chaot­ic, espe­cial­ly with the num­ber of play­ers and vehi­cles. The devs are “review­ing if it makes sense to keep Break­through as 128 play­ers vs 64, or if we feel that a reduc­tion of the total num­ber of vehi­cles that can spawn ensures that their pres­ence isn’t as overwhelming.”
  • Line of Sight–Refer­ring to how often play­ers get tar­get­ed from ene­mies at a dis­tance, Line of Sight design improve­ments will cre­ate more obsta­cles to hide behind. “We feel, and have heard from you, that there are present­ly too many open and flat spaces on some of our maps,” DICE said. The long-term goal is to also reduce the preva­lence of long-range combat.
  • PathsDICE also plans to cre­ate more defined paths between objec­tives in order to keep the game­play “com­bat focused.”
  • Cov­er–Relat­ed to the Line of Sight issue, DICE wants to add more places to duck ene­my fire and reduce wide open spaces where necessary.

Obvi­ous­ly, these are some rather ambi­tious tweaks, and DICE has already made it clear that will not be able to imple­ment these adjust­ments across all the maps at the same time. The team has already inter­twined the afore­men­tioned map design improve­ments into new maps cur­rent­ly under devel­op­ment. How­ev­er, old­er maps will be updat­ed in order of need. DICE stat­ed they will begin with Kalei­do­scope on Con­quest on Break­through modes, with the new Kalei­do­scope map set to arrive towards the arrival of Sea­son One.

Bat­tle­field 2042 has seen a rough ride since its launch, with play­ers com­plaints rang­ing from bugs to an over­all dis­sat­is­fac­tion with the game’s experience–pushing some to launch a peti­tion to ask EA for a refund on the title. Sea­son One was delayed due to DICE need­ing take care of the game, before mov­ing on to extra con­tent. It will like­ly release in the Sum­mer of 2022.

I am a Platinum lover and an ex- Cod-aholic. I've been playing games since I was 5 years old and I refuse to quit, despite my mother's attempts to get me to. God of War and its successors are my all time favorite games.

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