Battlefield 2042 update 1.2 drops tomorrow, and it's bringing some fairly big changes with it. The Kaleidoscope map is getting a significant rework, and the first Style and Tone Specialist update is coming, but perhaps most importantly, a player stat screen is on the way too.
What's coming in the new Battlefield 2042 update?
After a rocky launch, DICE is working on bringing Battlefield 2042 up to the standards of "basically respectable", and tomorrow's Battlefield 2042 update is another step on that road. It's bringing some pretty big changes, the first of which is a major rework for the Kaleidoscope map. DICE says this rework is intended to bring "an improved gameplay flow" to the map, with more cover and new flag positions helping to give players more options in combat. The new Kaleidoscope map also has new areas to look forward to, including a Forward Operating Base that should help to augment your tactics while you're playing on this stage. The devs say they're targeting the Renewal map next, so expect to see that get some similar love in the next update.
As well as the Kaleidoscope rework, DICE is also introducing the first "Style and Tone" upgrade for Battlefield 2042's cast of Specialists. Essentially, these upgrades are intended to bring the Specialists' artwork and aesthetic more in line with the setting of the game, as well as to reflect that they've seen intense combat. Perhaps the most exciting element of the upcoming update, however, is the addition of a player stats screen, so you can finally see how you've performed across your Battlefield 2042 playtime. You can view your lifetime KDA ratio here, as well as the amount of revives you've pulled off and plenty more. You'll also find a new Profile screen, which shows you your rank, XP, and progress towards the next rank. Slot this one next to the scoreboard in the "features this game should always have had, but it's nice to finally have nonetheless" category.
DICE says this will be the final Battlefield 2042 update before Season 2 begins, so naturally, you can also expect a whole smorgasbord of minor gameplay updates and tweaks. It's well worth taking a look at the full Battlefield 2042 patch notes if you want to see everything that's new, as there are a heck of a lot of relatively small changes that might nevertheless make all the difference during a hectic firefight.
What is Battlefield 2042?
Battlefield 2042 is the latest in EA and DICE's Battlefield series. It's a multiplayer first-person shooter which sees players duking it out across massive maps, taking advantage of vehicles, near-future weaponry, and their own smarts in order to outwit and outgun their opponents. Player response to the game was less than positive on launch. Just a couple of months after Battlefield 2042's release, mods on the game's subreddit suggested it might have to be closed due to overwhelming toxicity, and tens of thousands of players requested refunds from EA and DICE due to the game's perceived lack of quality. However, thanks to regular updates and increased communication from the developers, Battlefield 2042 has managed to claw its way to a "Mixed" recent review rating on Steam (although its overall rating is still sitting at "mostly negative").
You can check out Battlefield 2042 right now on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox. Update 1.2 for the game will launch tomorrow and will be the final content update for the game before the launch of Season 2.0, which EA and DICE are promising to share more information about later this month. Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on that.