A Battlefield 2042 Breakthrough update has gone live, giving the attacking team a much better chance of actually winning a game. Additionally, Dozer's SOB-8 Ballistic Shield has finally returned.
Battlefield 2042 has a bunch of cool ways to play the game, but it's undeniable that the pre-launch Early Access period has had some problems including the lack of a traditional scoreboard. EA Dice has been working on some of these issues and a pair of key fixes have launched earlier today.
"Here's some insight on some new Breakthrough changes that we've just set live (128 Players)[,]" read a Twitter thread from the game's live status account. "Increased the number of starting tickets from 400, to 600[.] Raised the number of tickets gained by Attackers on claiming a sector to 300[.] These changes are live on servers now!"
Last-gen console players aren't being left out, either -- the number of starting Tickets has been bumped up to 300 and the number of Tickets gained on capturing a Sector has been increased to 150.
Breakthrough is one of the two flagship game modes in the "All-Out Warfare" segment of Battlefield 2042 (the other being the traditional "Conquest" game mode). The defending team has infinite Tickets -- a resource that is typically depleted when a player on your team dies. On the other hand, the attacking team previously began with only 400 Tickets (now 600) and gained 150 Tickets on capturing a Sector (now 300). In my experience, it was a rather brutal slog for the attackers; hopefully, this change will give the attacking team a fighting chance.
Rubberbanding Issues Plague Some Players
The Battlefield 2042 Breakthrough update will be welcomed by people who had a hard time on the attacking team, but that hasn't been the only challenge faced by some players -- some players have experienced issues with rubberbanding.
"We have spent our day investigating the reported instances of Rubber Banding that most commonly appear on All-Out Warfare[,]" read an earlier tweet from Battlefield Direct Communication. "This is an issue occurring on our side, and we're all over it[.]"
Update (November 16, 2021, 2:47 PM Eastern Time) - EA Dice has temporarily disabled the Prox Sensor Throwable as part of its investigation into the rubberbanding issue.
Dozer's SOB-8 Ballistic Shield Returns to Battlefield 2042
Breakthrough balance changes and rubberbanding issues aside, EA Dice had one other piece of good news about the game: Dozer's SOB-8 Ballistic Shield is back after it was temporarily disabled due to a bug.
The SOB-8 Ballistic Shield protects Dozer from incoming gunfire. Unfortunately, it wasn't working as intended and EA Dice had to disable this Specialist's flagship piece of equipment. That problem has now been fixed and Dozer is 100% back in action.
Battlefield 2042's launch has been somewhat shaky and there are still a number of issues that need to be fixed; hopefully, the devs will be able to tackle them sooner rather than later. You can get into the action yourself by pre-purchasing the Battlefield 2042 Gold Edition or Ultimate Edition starting at $89.99 or your regional equivalent; otherwise, you can pre-purchase the standard edition at $59.99 and start playing on November 19, 2021.
What do you think of the Battlefield 2042 Breakthrough update? Do you think EA Dice will be able to fix the issues with the game in a timely manner? Let us know in the comments below!