Battlefield 2042 has been officially revealed to the world as the next entry in the popular first-person shooter series. Its return to modern, or rather near-future, combat also comes with a new spin on how classes are handled, in the shape of the new Specialists system.
The four roles we know and love aren't going anywhere, but Battlefield 2042's Specialists signal a more character-focused approach. Each playable character has their own backstory alongside an active and passive ability that defines their playstyle. While the two abilities are set in stone, the rest of their loadout is fully customizable.
Battlefield 2042 will be a live-service game and each season will introduce new Specialists. According to the game's Steam Page, post-launch characters will be available through the Year 1 Pass. At the moment, it's unclear if players will be able to also purchase characters using some form of currency that can be earned by playing matches.
The game's reveal also lifted the veil off the first four playable characters. Read on below to learn more about them and their gadgets.
Canadian-born Assault soldier described as a "lone-wolf survivalist". His Grappling Hook attaches to surfaces, pulling him towards them and letting him more easily navigate the environment. Nimble, his passive ability, lets him move faster while aiming down sights.
Veteran support in search of her son, David. Her Syrette Pistol lets her fire a syringe that heals allies and damages enemies. Combat Surgeon, her passive ability, allows her to revive allies with full health.
Pyotr "Boris" Guskovsky
Russian-born Engineer seeking to rise above the chaos in the world, gain power and control. His SG-36 Sentry System automatically engages enemies in an area. His Sentry Operator passive spots enemies that his Sentry System locks on to.
Wikus "Casper" Van Daele
Recon and loner fighting for a better world. His OV-P Recon Drone spots nearby moving targets, uses EMP blasts to disorient foes, and tags targets for weapons with lock-on capabilities. His passive, Movement Sensor, reveals the positions of approaching enemies both when he's on foot and controlling the drone.
Six more of Battlefield 2042's Specialists will be revealed over the coming months. The game is due out on October 23 and headed to PC, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PS5, and PS4.
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