DICE has shared some details about Battlefield 4‘s upcoming Spring Patch, which will add new weapons, a new game mode, and make changes to weapon balance.
The patch will add five new weapons to the game, but DICE isn’t ready to share their names just yet. “Some of the weapons are old fan favorites, others are picked based on their unique gameplay aspects,” the developer explains. The new weapons are:
New fan favorite Assault Rifle – Picked based on its unique burst gameplay and massive fan desirability
New Carbine – A unique bullpup carbine with built-in vertical grip
New PDW – A unique PDW with built-in silencer
New Sidearm – Unique long range “sniper” sidearm using magnum rounds
New LMG – Magazine fed LMG, which with the new weapons balance, plays in between a belt-fed LMG and an AR – your “run and gun” LMG
As well as new weapons, the patch will also balance the game’s current weapons by revamping the damage, falloff, and suppression model. “Our goal has been to create distinct roles for the weapon classes, and award skill of the player through increased recoil and by bringing back the 2-bullet headshot,” the developer added.
Finally, the Spring Patch brings back the Gun Master game mode. Gun Master plays like a Team Deathmatch game, however, players don’t get to choose the weapons they use. Instead, players will swap weapons every time they get two consecutive kills on an opponent, and whoever gets a kill with the final weapon in the chain wins the game. Five weapon presets will be available at launch:
Standard – This setup contains rifles, machine guns, shotguns and pistols and ends with the M9 bayonet
Classic – Classic rifles, machine guns, shotguns and pistols ending with a M9 bayonet
Pistol – In this preset you can only use different kind of pistols, ending with the survival knife
DLC – This mode will let you play with DLC weapons – including the Phantom bow
Troll – Seeing how Gun Master is a “party mode”, we had to make a silly weapon list too! This one starts out with ballistic shields (as weapons) and it’s downhill from there
Battlefield 4′s Spring Patch is scheduled to go live in late May. Patch notes will be made available closer to launch, according to DICE.