Battlefield 2042‘s Season One has been pushed back to early summer 2022 so developer DICE can focus on resolving current issues in the game. The decision was made “to bring the game up to the highest standards” according to senior producer Ryan McArthur, who published a blog post on the game’s website.
Battlefield 2042 was released in November last year with a number of issues including server connectivity and UI problems. A seasonal Battle Pass will add new playable characters and maps, but DICE didn’t confirm a timeline for when Season One will begin.
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McArthur said, “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.”
Pushing back Season One “gives us the time to focus on improving the Battlefield 2042 experience when finalizing the development for our seasonal content,” he added.
The blog post gave an in-depth explanation as to how these improvements will be made, starting with features DICE wants to implement “as soon as possible”.
The next update will include a refreshed in-round scoreboard that separates the player’s and enemy’s teams into two tables. Kill to death scoring and end-of-round reports will be coming in a later update.
Voice communication will also be added and “is just the start of the improvements we’re bringing to enhance team play and communication,” according to the post.
Player profiles will also be added to summarize players’ career stats and indicate progress towards future unlocks.
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Team play will receive a “tighter, clearer squad loop”, a refined ping system, and an improved reward loop to encourage squads to play the objective. The Portal mode, which IGN called “the real treasure of Battlefield 2042”, will also receive ongoing updates to expand its tools, modes, and to tweak player experience gains.
DICE has also committed to being explicitly clear in the future on what their updates are, why they’re making those decisions, and to also listen to community reception and base their plans on that feedback.
Some players have already purchased the year’s Battle Pass through the Gold and Ultimate versions of the game, but as a thanks for their patience, DICE will grant them an exclusive bundle featuring a Specialist skin, weapon and vehicle skins, a melee weapon and Player Card in the next update.
The developer didn’t confirm when the new update will be coming but Battlefield 2042 received a major update in November and again in January, meaning it could be March before the outlined changes are made.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale.