Battlefield 2042 Developer DICE finally broke his silence, even if what he said wasn’t for everyone. The developer released a small patch today and introduced a new XP cap system in Battlefield Portal as a compromise that players will hopefully enjoy.
But the biggest changes won’t actually be here for a while. We don’t know what they will be either. In a series of tweets, DICE revealed that patch 3.3, currently slated for mid to late February, will be a big one. The only interesting detail the developer wanted to share was that the patch will introduce a new scoreboard.
Battlefield 2042 launched with a radical new scoreboard design that focused on personal performance, tracking band progress and other stats that don’t typically belong on a scoreboard. What this design didn’t show was how the rest of the team, or indeed the server, was doing – something pretty standard for in-game scoreboards.
Players rampaged, with the scoreboard issue somehow resonating more than some of the other more impactful design choices in Battlefield 2042. Some have even attempted to design their own version of a scoreboard.
DICE tried to placate the crowds by revealing that it’s considering a return of the scoreboard (among other requested and missing features). Well, that day will come soon.
The developer showed off the new scoreboard design coming to the game in February with the 3.3 patch. The new scoreboard has a large panel that shows the scores of other players on the server – but not broken down by team. Here it is:
As expected, the response was not very enthusiastic. Not only do many feel that the new design doesn’t closely resemble previous games, it also doesn’t look particularly appealing. Another sticking point that some have is that it still doesn’t show a kill list for other players, which somehow became a major concern for Battlefield players.
However, DICE said this is just the beginning and we can expect more updates to the scoreboard over time.
The tweets also touched on two other more worrying issues. DICE has matchmaking preferences for All-Out Warfare and cross-platform VOIP “on its radar,” though we’re not sure what that actually means. As for the poor technical performance of the game, the developer said that it is working on optimizations and that we should see improvements big and small in every update.
Needless to say, this isn’t exactly what most players were hoping for from DICE in the New Year. Even those who continue to play Battlefield 2042 – few as they seem – were hoping for a high-level discussion about the game’s future that addresses core issues, or some sort of roadmap.