After a great amount of hype throughout 2021, Battlefield 2042 launched last November. Suffice to say, it didn't live up to that hype. Complaints about the game rolled in through the rest of the year and into 2022, including a number of players labeling it a glorified walking simulator. Five months after EA's DICE ackowledged that label, it has rolled out the first update addressing it.
Well, it has addressed the issue on one of its seven launch maps, as reported by IGN. In DICE's defense, it has noted how long it takes to make changes as significant as these to even just one map. The map in question is Kaleidoscope, and the changes have been applied as part of Battlefield 2042's 1.2 update. The aim is to “improve gameplay flow” and it has attempted to do that in a number of ways.
The ways in which DICE has attempted to make Kaleidoscope feel more like a map in a futuristic Battlefield game and less like something from a walking simulator can be found in the update's patch notes. Highlights include more places to find cover, elevated terrain, and visual updates to a number of locations on the map. Other changes made in the update include power reductions to certain weapons, and the ability to access player profile and statistics pages in-game.
As for what map will be next to get the anti-walking simulator treatment, that honor will go to Renewal. However, as touched upon above, the studio wanted to make it clear just how long and arduous a process this is. “Reworking maps takes time, and Kaleidoscope is the first map for which we have completed this rework,” DICE explains. As for when Renewal will get the same treatment, not until season two. That means September at the earliest, but probably further into the future than that considering how long it took to tweak Kaleidoscope.
That DICE still appears adamant about adapting all seven of its launch maps is good news for anyone still playing Battlefield 2042, or for those who love the concept and plan on playing or returning once significant changes have been made. That may well include players who have stuck with or returned to older games in the series. 2042's player count dropped below Battlefield 5's pretty quickly, and was eventually reduced to roughly the same numbers as Battlefield 1.
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