EA has unveiled full details on the upcoming Season 6: Dark Creations update for Battlefield 2042, arriving on October 10th. The substantial content update includes a new close-quarters multiplayer map called Redacted set in an underground secret facility in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, United Kingdom.
Redacted features tight corridors and control rooms for intense infantry shootouts unlike any of the existing Battlefield 2042 maps. Inspired by fan-favourite classic maps like Battlefield 4’s Operation Locker, it marks the first ever indoor-only environment in the series history.
The linear, maze-like layout with cluttered hallways and rooms encourages fast-paced combat reliant on reflexes and close-range firepower over tactical positioning.
According to the Season 6 trailer narration, the map sees two teams searching the shadowy labs to find missing soldiers and unravel mysterious experiments, all while defending their own sanity against enemies altered into zombie-like monsters by the sinister research. Previews depict hectic battles through debris-filled passageways and chambers illuminated only by dim emergency lighting and muzzle flashes.
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The Season 6: Dark Creations update will also introduce an array of new weapons, gadgets, and a 100-tier Battle Pass system with 70 premium cosmetic rewards to unlock. New armaments tailored for close quarters combat include the tactical VHX D3 assault rifle optimised for confined spaces and the accurate L9CZ semi-auto pistol.
Support-focused players can utilise new throwable gadgets to replenish allies’ ammo and health from a distance on the cramped map where sticking together is key to survival. Though not usable specifically on the indoor-only Redacted map, the two-person YUV-2 Pondhawk VTOL aircraft also joins the vehicle roster this season as a fast personnel transport alternative.
A Ton of Gameplay Improvements and Balance Changes
Alongside the new content, Season 6 delivers an array of gameplay improvements and balance changes aimed at refining the overall Battlefield 2042 experience based on community feedback. Specific fixes address longstanding complaints around issues like aim assist on consoles, vehicle handling troubles, and balance problems with Recon characters like Rao and Casper.
For example, aim assist has been improved on console controllers to make cross-play fairer against PC players. Tuning to tank turning, abnormal vehicle gravity, and jet controls aim to make driving more intuitive following player grievances.
Hacking abilities from Recon Specialists like Rao have been adjusted to disable firing on vehicles rather than triggering damage states outright. The hacking also briefly reveals nearby enemies after killing a hacked target as a slight buff.
Free Access Week Lets All Sample Season 6 Content
To allow everyone a chance to sample the new content, EA has announced that Battlefield 2042 Season 6: Dark Creations will be free-to-play for all users from October 12th through October 16th. This continues EA’s strategy of periodic free access periods to entice new and lapsed players throughout the game’s inaugural year.
While the game’s problematic launch soured perceptions, EA’s continued delivery of meaty seasonal updates like Dark Creations demonstrates their long-term commitment to supporting the title’s live service model.
By providing exciting new environments like Redacted that change core gameplay dynamics, they aim to keep the experience feeling fresh while addressing past issues. If the map’s tight, purely infantry-focused design resonates as intended, it could help boost the game’s struggling player counts by attracting fans of classic chaotic maps in Battlefield 3 and 4.
One year after its release, EA faces an uphill battle to rebuild the first-person shooter’s shrinking player base and reputation. But frequent ambitious seasons like this one represent their roadmap to redemption. For franchise veterans frustrated by the disappointing launch and early inconsistencies, Dark Creations’ intense contained firefights may offer the adrenaline rush that first hooked them on Battlefield’s massive possibilities.
If Season 6 entices former players to give the FPS another chance, it could marked a turning point where opinions of the game finally stabilise rather than continuing to trend downward. While only time will tell if the investments pay off, EA seems determined to right the course and ensure the title leaves the legacy of a true Battlefield game rather than a missed opportunity.
Battlefield 2042 is out now on Windows PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.
Source – EA
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