Battlefield 2042 devs confirm class system finally returning

Ryan Lemay
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EA shared a development update and finally acknowledged the “polarizing” Specialist system.

DICE re-confirmed its commitment to working on Season 2, 3, and beyond. Season 1 sparked life back into BF2042 and helped draw back players.

In a briefing, BF2042 developers called Season 1 a “special moment” for the team. They admitted to players being frustrated and are focused on “keeping the good times rolling.”

Two new primary weapons, one sidearm, and two Vault weapons are coming to Season 2. Along with two more map remakes and one new map.

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For the cherry on top, DICE teased a “massive overhaul” to Specialists, coming in Season 3.

Class system returns to Battlefield 2042

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A look at the newly redesigned Specialists in Battlefield 2042.

Classes have been a core Battlefield feature for years. Assault, Recon, Support, and Engineer, offer players different weapons, gadgets, and playstyles. Battlefield 2042 opted to remove classes and introduce Specialists.

There are 11 specialists in BF2042, each with unique abilities and gadgets. For the first time in franchise history, players could use any weapon they wanted between Specialists.

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Battlefield 2042 development team member, Alexia Christofi, said, “the arrival of specialists in Battlefield 2042 has been polarizing, and we have heard you. So, in Season 3, we will be moving specialists into the classic and familiar class system.”

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DICE announced the class system is making a triumphant return, with the target timeline of update 3.2. Here are the official class divisions.


  • Webster Mackay
  • Santiago “Dozer”Espinoza
  • Emma “Sundance” Rosier


  • Ji-soo Paik
  • Wikus “Casper” Van Daele
  • Navin Rao


  • Maria Falck
  • Constantin “Angel” Anghel


  • Kimble “Irish” Graves
  • Pyotr “Boris” Guskovsky
  • Ewena Lis

The update restricts gadgets within classes, but weapons will remain unrestricted. DICE said, “we continue to find that players prefer the freedom to choose the loadouts that best suit their playstyle.”

There is no official release date for Season 2, so it may still be a while before we finally see classes back in BF2042.

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Ryan is a former games writer for Dexerto. Ryan graduated from Ithaca College in 2021 with a sports media degree and a journalism minor. He gained experience as a writer for the Morning Times newspaper before joining Dexerto as a games writer. He mainly writes about first-person shooters, including Call of Duty and Battlefield, but he is also a big FIFA fan.