Battlefield 2042 Update 3.1.2 is the one before the big one

Ahead of its highly anticipated Specialist rework, Battlefield 2042 has received a small patch that adds a few new weapons to Portal and buffs one underused shotgun.

Starting with weapon changes, the MCS-880 shotgun—which has been outshone by the other shotguns in its class since the game launched—received a massive buff. It’s damage per pellet was almost doubled from 8 to 15 at under 20 meters. On the other hand, the Rorsch MK-4 railgun saw a damage nerf against vehicles.

As far as new weapons are concerned, the Battlefield 1942 section of Portal saw its arsenal significantly increased with some iconic weapons. They include the Mk VI Revolver, Gewehr 43, Gewehr 43 ZF4, M1 Garand Sniper, No 4 sniper, and the Sten SMG. While none of 1942 weapons have appeared in 2042‘s standard All-Out Warfare mode as Vault weapons yet, it’s possible that this bevvy of new weapons hints that this will soon change.

The update notes from DICE state that, while this patch is relatively minor, we can “expect a more substantial set of changes coming later this month in Update 3.2.0 alongside the reworked Breakaway map, and the return to Classes.” That update will fit the game’s existing Specialist characters into the more traditional Battlefield classes of Assault, Support, Engineer, and Recon. Their class limits what gadgets they can use and gives them weapon specializations without limiting what weapons they can use.

Update 3.2.0 is far from the last one that Battlefield 2042 will receive. Shortly after that patch launches, we expect to learn more about Season 4, which will bring the last new Specialist to the game as well as a new map. But DICE isn’t stopping there, as it’s already confirmed that it’s working on a fifth season for 2042.

You can read the patch notes for Update 3.1.2 below:


Battlefield Portal

  • Spearhead is now available on multiple Official Templates in the Web Builder, such as Conquest Hardcore, FFA and Team Deathmatch


  • Spearhead: Resolved an instance of clipping with the camera during the insertion phase at the start of a match


  • We have fixed an issue where Specialists were not rendering correctly during the insertion phases at the start of a match, sorry for giving you a fright
  • Sundance: Anti-Armor Grenade’s are now correctly intercepted by Vehicles that have Active Protection Systems triggered
  • Crawford: Resolved an issue where there was no iconography to display the progression of overheating while using the Mounted Vulcan Stationary Minigun


  • 50MM Cannon Pod Ammo on Transport Air Vehicles increased from 8 -> 10
  • Resolved an issue where for a brief period of time, the EMKV90-TOR’s turret speed would be slowed after firing with the HHV-EMG Maul Primary Weapon


  • Fixed some cases of recoil compensation not being consistent upon firing for prolonged periods of time
  • Damage for the Rorsch MK-4 has been reduced against Vehicles while in the High Power Capacitor variant of the Weapon (Single Shot), this change is to ensure that the Rorsch is able to assist in taking out some vehicle targets however isn’t the predominant way to take out targets as has been previously witnessed.
    • Heavy vehicles now take approximately 50% less damage
    • Light vehicles now take approximately 25% less damage
    • High Power Capacitor Charge Up increased from 0.8 -> 1 second
  • Damage for the MCS-880 has been improved for Close Range scenarios, bringing it in line with other Utility Weapons such as the 12M Auto and NVK-S22.
    • Damage per pellet has increased from 8 -> 15 at a range of under 20 meters with Default Buckshot rounds (#01 Buckshot)
  • NVK-P125 Bursts per Minute increased from 150 -> 160, this should now align with the intended tempo of the weapon

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