DICE reportedly replaced classes with specialists in Battlefield 2042 due to management’s approval of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare innovations.
DICE replaced the class system in Battlefield 2042 with Specialists due in large part to eCall of Duty: Modern Warfare. The Battlefield 2042 open beta has revealed much of DICE’s latest installment to the franchise, including many facets of the game that have been met with criticism ahead of its November 19 launch. There appears to be problems with the game’s fundamental design, such as minimal choices in Specialists, making it difficult to tell teammates from enemies. DICE previously announced its move to do away with Battlefield’s class system, so that weapons and gadgets are no longer tied to specific classes.
Some who experienced the beta praised this major change to the Battlefield formula. Players now have to choose a Battlefield 2042 Specialist with a unique ability and appearance, though there were only four to choose from in the open beta. The change did have many critics, who pointed out that the distinct characters lose their visual novelty in the game’s large-scale, 128-player matches. At times, it’s difficult to differentiate friendlies from the enemy, seeing as most of the Specialists look alike. The HUD elements are ultimately ineffective at mitigating the issue, begging the question as to why DICE decided to make such a massive change in Battlefield 2042.
According to Gaming Intel, Battlefield 2042’s classes were replaced with Specialists because management loved some of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s innovative aspects. DICE’s development team was encouraged to mimic those innovations, such as Modern Warfare’s operators. The inclusion of that feature forced developers to strip Battlefield 2042 of its class system. Reports indicated that DICE management wanted to incentive purchases such as the Battle Pass. The publisher wanted players to seek distinctions to their Specialists, such as the different operators Modern Warfare incentivizes players to purchase.
Battlefield 2042 doesn’t feature staple classes such as the medic, recon, assault, and support classes that were present in previous games. Instead, Specialist characters can be equipped with various packages that delineate duties. Specialists come with more detailed character models, unique gadgets, and defined personalities. The big change will likely divide Battlefield players, with traditionalists potentially preferring the class system and others maybe favoring Battlefield 2042‘s new Specialist system. DICE decided to change routes likely for monetization purchases, as players may seek to differentiate themselves on the battlefield by buying the Battle Pass. The Premium Battle Pass offers cosmetic options, which unlock as players progress. Players can earn various outfits and weapon reskins, changing the look of their Specialist.
The Specialist system will likely prevent the implementation of pay-to-win mechanics and instead institute a premium cosmetic system. While this protects players from being forced to spend more money on Battlefield 2042 than necessary, it fundamentally changes the game from others in the franchise. Some may appreciate that change, though others might be unhappy with DICE for implementing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare elements.
Battlefield 2042 will release on November 19, 2021 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC.
Source: Gaming Intel
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