Battlefield 2042 has a new update coming tomorrow and it looks like DICE is trying to combat the lack of players by reducing the 128-player breakthrough mode to 64 players. The official reason from DICE is this player count is best suited for Conquest and not Breakthrough. However, the likely issue is the lack of players. DICE has been filling servers with bots to combat the lack of players due to the horrible launch and lack of support post-launch. Currently, the game is averaging 1500 players on Steam, which is terrible for an online multiplayer game with modes that include player counts up to 128 players. There’s a rumor going around that DICE and EA plan to abandon Battlefield 2042 and slowly shift the game to maintenance mode. With the first season set for June, many players have already left Battlefield 2042 for earlier games in the franchise. The update is still addressing the many problems still plaguing the game. With gun balancing problems, hit detection, clipping, and many more issues. The update is detailed below. Update 4.1 releases on May 19. The focus for this update is to deliver further fixes, and Quality of Life improvements, as well as to update our All-Out Warfare rotations, alongside some balance changes to weapons and Specialists. Here’s a summary of some our key changes: The overall power of Boris’s SG-36 Sentry Gun has been reduced Angel can no longer provide Armor Plates via his Supply Bag Stock weapons now handle better through improved base recoil. To compensate, we’ve slightly reduced the recoil benefits provided by attachments All-Out Warfare playlists have been updated with new setups, removing Breakthrough 128 from the list of options on Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, and PC only, with more detail on the changes further down the page. Update 0.4.1 Fixes, Changes, and Improvements General Vehicle Aim Sensitivity and Transport Vehicle Freelook Sensitivity Controller settings now always correctly apply their effects Aim Assist has been improved while aiming at moving targets Aim Assist should no longer incorrectly acquire targets through thin obstacles When not ranking up, you should no longer see the “You have been promoted screen” during End of Round Delivered improvements that help to reduce input lag Adjusted Trigger Weight to ensure that inputs feel more responsive when applying successive inputs Audio The Announcer Voice Over for Battlefield 1942 and Battlefield 3 experiences has been remastered, and now includes new radio sound effects Battlefield Portal Specialists will now correctly display animations during the End of Round screen while in Battlefield Portal modes Made the following changes to Hardcore Templates within the Battlefield Builder to align them with our Featured Experience offerings. Enabled HUD in Hardcore Templates Disabled Mini-map and Compass in Hardcore Templates Gadgets Hitting enemies with EMP effects now correctly triggers Player Disrupted XP Removed placement delay for deployable gadgets so they now appear instantly Deployable gadgets are now easier to deploy Insertion Beacon The size of the Insertion Beacon has been increased so it’s easier to see The Insertion Beacon is now visible from further away Modes In this update, we’re making multiple updates to the All-Out Warfare rotations. Our leading change is the removal of the 128 player version of Breakthrough. When reviewing the available experiences in All-Out Warfare, we felt that the 128 player modes are better suited for Conquest where gameplay spaces are larger, and where you have a more natural fit for sandbox gameplay. In Breakthrough’s 128 player mode, we feel that the value and impact of an individual player, and squad is reduced due to the increased intensity and chaos of the combat. When reviewing Breakthrough, we noted that the 64 player version represented a more tactical experience. Reducing our player count here helps to remove some of the chaos from the experience, and in combination with the reductions that we have made to the number of available combat vehicles, it means players are better able to hold frontlines more effectively. Players will also find more space to work together and fulfill their individual roles As a result, squads in Breakthrough 64 have a better opportunity to work together, to flank the enemy, place a spawn beacon, use their plus menu to attach suppressors, then clear, and hold a point – one squad helping turn the tide as an example. We believe that the move to 64 players will bring back the pacing that helps celebrate these moments of teamwork and PTFOing, and will be keeping a close eye on how our changes help to improve the experience ahead of the start of Season 1. Further changes Breakthrough 64 for PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S now have set map sizes for specific maps: Discarded, Manifest, Orbital, Kaleidoscope will play the 128 player version Hourglass, Breakaway, Renewal will play the 64 player version Soldier The Compass now expands while in ADS to improve its readability Specialists Angel Angel will no longer be able to grant Armor Plates via his Supply Bag Boris Spotting via the SG-36 Sentry Gun now highlights spotted players via a red dot, and spotted enemies are now also visible for friendlies The SG-36 Sentry Gun will no longer track players behind walls Overall damage and health for the SG-36 Sentry Gun has been lowered RPM reduced from 450 -> 250 Start Damage 16 -> 10 End Damage 10 -> 7 Fall Off Damage Range 50 -> 40 Projectile Speed 960 m/s -> 500 m/s Health 200 -> 150 Lock-on time increased by 0.3 seconds Target Forget Time 2 -> 1.5 seconds Target lock-on range 65 -> 50m Reload Speed 5.2 -> 4.2 seconds Dozer Bashing with the SOB-8 Ballistic Shield while inside smoke should now always deal damage Irish Fortification System recharge rate reduced from 25 -> 20 seconds Weapons Update 0.4.0 introduced an unintended change to the behavior of some weapons via incorrect values on their damage tables. In this update we’re restoring performance to its intended design and you should feel an overall improvement to weapon performance The impact of recoil affecting attachments has been lowered, while base weapon recoil has been improved to compensate. This means weapons without attachments now handle better Bolt Action Sniper breath control now lasts a max of 5 seconds, with an added 5 second penalty if used entirely Underbarrel Attachments no longer affect weapon deploy speed Overall horizontal recoil for DMR’s has been reduced Sidearms are now faster to deploy AC42 Increased the AC42 distance damage dropoff at higher ranges AK24 Removed the AK24 Semi Auto fire mode Increased AK-24 Burst Mode rate of fire to 900RPM NTW-50 Improved the NTW-50 effectiveness against vehicles Added an additional damage multiple versus tank tracks PKP-BP Increased PKP-BP vertical recoil, and added a new horizontal recoil profile SFAR-M GL Improved the SFAR-M GL damage at short to medium range Taking down an enemy now requires 5, instead of 4 bullets while at 20m Decreased the SFAR-GL distance damage dropoff SVK Reduced SVK’s Horizontal recoil to make it easier to land follow-up shots Increased the SVK distance damage dropoff past 40m SVK’s High-Power Rounds damage lowered past 150m Taking down an enemy now requires 3, instead of 2 bullets Vehicles Fixed a bug for no XP being rewarded when capturing an objective in a vehicle that wasn’t spawned via the Deploy Menu Following the release of Update 0.4.0, we’re continuing to make balance adjustments to vehicle gameplay by updating the total number of vehicles that can be active at any time across maps in Conquest and Breakthrough. Conquest 128: Kaleidoscope – Reduced each teams light ground vehicle allocation by 1 Manifest – Reduced each teams light ground vehicle allocation by 1 Breakthrough 64: Breakaway Adjusted Sector 4 to reduce the Attackers number of Transport Air Vehicles by 1, and reduced the number of Heavy Ground Vehicles for Attackers and Defenders to 1 Manifest Adjusted Sector 3 to remove the Defenders allocation of Transport Air Vehicles, and also reduced the number of Heavy Ground Vehicles for Attackers and Defenders by 1 Hourglass Adjusted Sector 4 to reduce the Attackers and Defenders allocation of Heavy Ground Vehicles to 1, removed the Defending teams allocation of Transport and Combat Air Vehicles Renewal: Adjusted Sector 4 to reduce the Attackers and Defenders allocation of Heavy Ground Vehicles to 1 Orbital Adjusted Sector 4 to reduce the Defenders allocation of Heavy Vehicles to 1 MAV The MAV is now part of the Transport vehicle category M5C Bolte The M5C Bolte’s Missile Launcher no longer deals unintentional increased damage to air vehicles The M5C Bolte is now part of the Armored vehicle category This announcement may change as we listen to community feedback and continue developing and evolving our Live Service & Content. 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