There are a couple of Battlefield 2042 map changes on the way. The first maps are Kaleidoscope and Renewal.
The changes will focus on Traversal, Cover and Line of Sight, Intensity and Paths. Below is some official information on the Battlefield 2042 Map Changes that are coming soon:
For Traversal we outlined that travel time on foot between Base Spawn and Flags was too long. Our proposed solution is to reduce overall travel time between these areas by moving them closer together.
We shared that the first map in need of changes is Kaleidoscope, which through your feedback you’ve confirmed to us is the right call. However, you’ve also shared with us that Renewal is another map that really needs to see changes made to it. We hear you on that, and we’re looking to deliver a refreshed version of Renewal alongside Kaleidoscope as part of Season 1 this summer.
Another feedback point was that you’d like us to shift focus away from traversal by foot by ensuring that there are more transport vehicles active on the map. Increasing the number of active vehicles on the map isn’t something we can do as a short term solution as this has the potential to impact our separate work on improving game performance, but we do hear you on this and want to do what we can to approach the problem from different angles.
One of the ways in which we think we can limit the amount of time spent on foot is to change the distribution of vehicles across our selection pools. We are currently exploring how gameplay changes when the two seater M5C Bolte features as part of the Armored Vehicle pool, and MAV instead shows up in the Transport Vehicles category, as well as shifting the MD540 Nightbird out into the Attack Helicopter pool, ensuring that Air Transport is more readily available in the round.
Cover and Line of Sight
In our first post, we detailed that there wasn’t enough Cover available across maps to ensure safety when travelling between Flags. Additionally, we highlighted that there aren’t enough Line of Sight blockers, introducing an unintended increase on the number of long range engagements.
You’ve asked us to ensure that when we are moving around both Flags and Objectives to new areas, that we’re also working to ensure that sufficient Cover is available in their new locations. We hear you on that, and work is already underway that helps to ensure this standard is upheld. We believe that this should also resolve Line of Sight issues that have been highlighted by you.
Immersion is another point you’ve asked for us to look at, often through discussion of how the maps feel too clean, and pristine. You’ve expressed to us that you want it to feel like each Flag and Objective needs to have more strategic value, and something that you feel is worth fighting for.
As an example taken from the improvements we’re bringing to Kaleidoscope, we’re updating the gazebo on B1 into a military instalment. We’ll replace grass with mud, and cover the area in barbed wire to better immerse it into our world, and to bring improvements to the narrative of our battles. We want you to feel the objectives are ready for battle whilst you are fighting over them.
For Intensity we outlined that especially in 128* player modes, combat can become too chaotic around our Objectives, making it hard to determine what’s going on around you, and where you should be keeping your attention.
You’ve told us that in your experience, the primary cause for this problem is vehicle dominance.
Based on that feedback there are several changes we’ll make to reduce overall vehicle availability and uptime:
We’re reducing the number of attack vehicles and helicopters that can be active at any time in 128 player modes per category from 3, to 2. This means you’ll only be able to encounter 2 tanks, and 2 attack helicopters available at any time, instead of 3 each.
We’re increasing the cooldown for attack vehicles and helicopters from 60, to 120 seconds.
As discussed earlier, the MD540 Nightbird will be moved from transport into the attack helicopter category, and the MC5 Bolte will also be moved from transport into the attack vehicle category.
In summary, this means current dominant vehicles will see a reduction in active time, and you’ll encounter less of them on the Battlefield.
This is the first set of priority changes we’re able to make to Intensity that should see an immediate improvement to gameplay, and they’re part of our next game Update.
There’s two final things that we also heard and saw shared in your feedback this month that we wanted to bring to the forefront to solicit more input from all of you.
We saw many of you make the suggestion that we could restrict the call-in system to only light vehicles and Ranger. This would mean that attack vehicles would now only be available via the Deploy Screen. For Flag areas, you’ve asked if these could be made larger to further spread out combat over this area. These are still ongoing discussions that we’re reviewing, so whilst we haven’t progressed that discussion into active changes in development, we’d love to hear from more of you on these two things specifically.
We outlined that there were too few clear Paths between Flags, making it unclear where enemy fire could come from, or how to best travel between Flags.
You’ve told us that you’d like to see this improved by lining up Cover in such a way that it follows a clear path between Objectives. This is something we’re looking to update once we’ve finished moving Base Spawn and different Flag locations closer together.
You’ve also told us that several areas on maps are underutilized and that they serve no purpose for travel. To address this you can expect us to explore removing the most underutilized areas. A good example of that would be on E1 on Renewal, which we are reviewing to become an out of bounds area to make an immediate improvement to pathing on that map.