EA and DICE have shared more details about the upcoming Battlefield 2042 Season 5, and if you've been feeling like vehicles are a little wishy-washy right now, the two studios agree with you, it seems. Vehicle loadout reworks are set to be a big part of Season 5, with more clearly-defined roles for vehicles on the way.
In the latest Battlefield 2042 Dev Notes (which EA and DICE say will be the last before Season 5 drops), we get a glimpse of what's changing in the world of vehicles. Loadouts will be changing both to help you figure out what a vehicle is supposed to do and to help you deal with it if you come across one on the enemy side.
One big change involves explosive weaponry. DICE says explosives have become far too prevalent, with even transport vehicles rolling out armed to the teeth with explosive weaponry. That's part of the reason the loadout changes are coming; not every vehicle will have explosives access, so you'll need to make more strategic decisions regarding which vehicle to take into battle.
The first vehicle to be previewed in the new Dev Notes is the LATV4 Recon, which is getting anti-infantry weapons instead of its current explosive options. The EBAA Wildcat is being pushed more towards an anti-air role with the addition of 35mm Dual AA Cannons, and the M5C Bolte is taking on a more explosive-heavy role with better resistance against projectiles to fulfill its intended role as a hit-and-run vehicle.
Other incoming improvements include vehicular thermal sights as an extra loadout option, as well as improvements to jet responsiveness and camera controls. Of course, there's plenty more on the way in Battlefield 2042 Season 5, which EA and DICE say is "not too far away now". Hopefully, we'll get more specific dates soon.
Battlefield 2042 is available right now on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox. The game met with a pretty rough reception when it was first released, and it's still sitting at a "Mostly Negative" overall rating on Steam. Despite player dissatisfaction, developer DICE says it's committed to Battlefield 2042 and has "no time" to work on other projects right now. Hopefully, the team can still turn Battlefield 2042's reputation around.