In a recent blog post, EA announced that it would be removing the 128 player Breakthrough mode from Battlefield 2042 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. The change will be reflected in Update 4.1 when it releases on May 19. According to EA, the decision was made in order to “ensure a more balanced and competitive multiplayer experience.” While some fans may be disappointed by the news, EA believes that the 64 player count is the sweet spot for Battlefield 2042. With fewer players on the battlefield, each encounter will feel more strategic and intense. For those who are still hoping to play with a large group of friends, EA promises that there will be “plenty of other modes and maps” to choose from. Ultimately, EA wants to make sure that everyone has a fair and enjoyable experience when playing Battlefield 2042.
The decision by EA to reduce the player count in the All-Out Warfare mode of Battlefield V has been controversial, to say the least. On its website, EA stated that “When reviewing the available experiences in All-Out Warfare, we felt that the 128 player modes are better suited for Conquest where gameplay spaces are larger, and where you have a more natural fit for sandbox gameplay.” This reasoning hasn’t sat well with many fans of the series, who feel that the 64 player limit cramps the style of play that they’re used to. There’s no doubt that 64 players is a far cry from the 128 player limit of previous entries in the series. However, it’s important to remember that not all modes in Battlefield V will be affected by this change. The smaller player counts will only apply to certain modes, and those modes will still be playable on large maps. In other words, fans of Battlefield V will still be able to get their fix of large-scale warfare. It just might not be exactly what they’re used to.
In a blog post on the official Battlefield website, EA noted that the player count was reduced in order to improve the overall experience for players. According to EA, the intensity and chaos of combat increases significantly when 128 players are on one map, which can lead to players feeling like their individual contributions are reduced. As a result, EA decided to reduce the player count in order to allow for more focused and strategic gameplay. While some fans may be disappointed by this decision, EA believes that it will ultimately lead to a more enjoyable experience for all players.
In our Battlefield 2042 review, we said that the game’s impressive Portal options make it clear that it doesn’t stack up to the past. Instead, it’s those same customization tools that could come to define it in time. The Portal is a powerful tool that allows players to customize their characters and loadouts, and it also provides access to new game modes and maps. However, the Portal is also a complex and convoluted interface, and it’s not always clear how to use it effectively. As a result, many players may find themselves frustrated with the Portal’s steep learning curve. Nonetheless, the Portal is a powerful tool that can give players a lot of control over their experience in Battlefield 2042. With more time and practice, players will likely learn how to use the Portal to its full potential.