DICE has reportedly removed the 128-player Breakthrough Playlist from Battlefield 2042 citing that 64-player playlists are much more tactical. But, the 128-player Conquest playlist is here to stay. This mode is considered the original Battlefield 2042 experience provided how popular it is. The update that rolled out yesterday morning has done away with the aforementioned playlist. DICE, following the chaos and drama of 128-player lists, has finally decided that halving the player count will improve the player experience.
These playlists were a big issue for Battlefield 2042 as it faced a lot of criticism from players when it launched. It caused a lot of chaos while waiting for the match to start. Also, weaker machines were often unable to handle such a large lobby. Thus, DICE has finally agreed that individual squads and players are essential and the reduced intensity of combat in the Breakthrough mode will help improve the experience. The Breakthrough mode in Battlefield 2042 is a lot different from what Conquest has to deliver.
While this mode requires players to capture and defend several sectors on the map, Conquest is more of a capture point grabbing game with battles going on independently. This core difference makes 128 players in Conquest feel less chaotic. Before reducing the player count in breakthrough mode, DICE had also reduced the number of combat vehicles available on the map. Thus, these two reductions should significantly enhance the player experience, according to DICE. In the Breakthrough mode, players are often tasked with individual roles, and it also focuses on working together with other teammates.
Battlefield 2042 has also seen a drop in the player account as users started getting bored with the game. With that in mind, reducing the player count in the breakthrough mode will also help players to get into a match quicker. This is more important because the Breakthrough mode is not supported in Portal, which is Battlefield 2042’s custom server tool, and allows users to adjust team sizes. It is significant to know that Battlefield had already introduced the 64-player mode in Breakthrough and Conquest for players who prefer them over 128-player lobbies. But, following the Thursday update, Breakthrough will strictly be one.
Alongside this update, the game also presented some minor changes which mainly focused on player feedback. The game currently sports a redesigned scoreboard and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). A lot of bugs have also been fixed by the developers. DICE is constantly working on the title but has asked players not to expect a complete overhaul of every gameplay element. After the Thursday update, the next big thing in Battlefield 2042 will be the first season introduction. The game publisher delayed the opening to focus on player feedback-based updates and thus the first season will be introduced in early June 2022.