The new Battlefield 2042 specialists will be replacing the old Battlefield classes for a more tailored and personal gameplay experience.
There will be 10 specialists available at launch, out of which developer DICE has only revealed four. It also remains to be confirmed as to just how many specialists will be available for free by default and how many will have to be unlocked through either progression or microtransactions.
DICE however has confirmed that all Battlefield 2042 specialists will have their own specialties and traits. While they are not being called classes, they are based on the same four standard classes of previous games: Assault, Engineer, Support, and Recon. Hence, specialists are designed to offer their own unique gameplay.
Assaulters for example have been designed for running and gunning, and using grappling hooks to traverse terrains. Engineers can station sentry guns to lock down areas. Supports can aid allies by restoring their health. Recons on the other hand can pilot drones for intel and mark enemies.
Webster Mackay (Assault)
Specialty: Grappling Hook
Fires a rope that attaches to surfaces. When attached, the rope is retracted and the player gets pulled towards the attach point.
Allows the player to move more quickly while aiming down signs, further enhancing their speed-related advantages.
Pyotr “Boris” Guskovsky (Engineer)
Specialty: SG-36 Sentry Gun
Automatically spots and engages enemy targets detected within a certain area.
Trait: Sentry Operator
Spots the enemy target when the sentry gun locks on to the enemy in question.
Maria Falck (Support)
Specialty: S21 Syrette Pistol
Fires a syringe at friendlies to provide healing. If fired at an enemy, the syringe will do damage.
Trait: Combat Surgeon
Allows the player to return downed allies to combat with full health when reviving.
Wikus “Casper” Van Daele (Recon)
Specialty: OV-P Recon Drone
Spots nearby moving targets and can disorient enemies by using EMP blasts. Can also be used to designate targets for lock-on weapons.
Trait: Movement Sensor
Alerts the player to approaching enemies, both while boots on the ground and when piloting the Recon Drone.
The other Battlefield 2042 specialists which remain to be revealed will possibly belong to one of the same classes unless DICE has cooked up some new ones.
To understand the concept better, a Support for example will receive multiple specialists over time but who will be based around the same primary gameplay. Hence, one Support specialist revives allies with a gun while a second Support specialist might revive allies with a medi-grenade.
DICE has clarified that players will be free to customize their specialist with any loadout they wish. That covers weapons, grenades, and secondary gadgets. Based on the clarification, it does not appear that Battlefield 2042 will restrict heavy weapons such as rocket launchers to just Engineers for example.
With the new installment being a live service game, DICE appears to have taken a page out of Rainbow Six Siege where four new specialists will be revealed on a seasonal basis as part of each battle pass.
Battlefield 2042 officially launches for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, and PC on October 22, 2021. The current-generation consoles and PC will be the only platforms to support 128 players per match. The previous-generation consoles will stay with the standard 64 players.