Battlefield 2042 Update 4.1 Patch Notes Detail Changes Coming to the FPS

Despite a dwindling player base and ongoing community frustration, support for Battlefield 2042 continues from developer EA DICE. On Wednesday, May 18, Electronic Arts announced the upcoming release of: Battlefield 2042‘s 4.1 patch. The update makes a series of minor fixes, as well as a major change that may shock some Battlefield 2042 players. The bigger change is the now-confirmed removal of the 128-player Breakthrough mode, though it’s only on select platforms.

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DICE today confirmed that it is removing the 128-player version of Breakthrough from Battlefield 2042All-Out Warfare playlists, but only for the PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S player ecosystem. The decision was made, according to EA Dice, because “128 player modes are better suited for Conquest.” Furthermore, EA DICE believes that the 64-player version of Breakthrough offers a “more tactical experience”. No comment was made about a lack of players that contributed to the decision to end support for 128-player Breakthrough on these platforms.

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To clarify, this is not removing all game modes for 128 players in Battlefield 2042, nor is it the removal of Breakthrough for 128 players on all platforms. 128-player Conquest will continue to be available in the future, as will 128-player Breakthrough on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One cross-play ecosystem. So while EA DICE may say this decision is being made for gameplay reasons, the decision appears to be driven by dwindling players on PC and next-gen consoles.

In addition to the Breakthrough changes, three other significant changes have been made. First, Boris’ SG-36 Sentry Gun’s damage has been reduced. Second, Angel can’t allocate armor plates through his supply bag now. Third, recoil has been improved for stock weapons, and attachments now have slightly reduced recoil improvements. Suffice it to say, these are minor changes in addition to the Breakthrough decision.


While these are the main changes from EA DICE, there are a number of other fixes and balance changes that will also be made as part of the update. That includes customizations to weapons, vehicles, specialists, gadgets, and more. The update officially goes live tomorrow, May 19, and is the final patch before the launch of Battlefield 2042Season 1 update in early June.

Patch 4.1 will not be the patch Battlefield 2042 players are necessarily looking for. But it’s also true that players usually wait for season 1 of Battlefield 2042 to gain weight before thinking about the game again. There’s still a lot of work to do to regain players’ trust if EA DICE even plans to try. 4.1 doesn’t change feelings, but hopefully it will mean a more stable experience for Season 1 – when it really matters.


Battlefield 2042 is available now on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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