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Electronic Arts debuts new heroes and gadgets in its latest Battlefield installment.

Battlefield 2042 represents the next step for the seasoned military shooter, leaping into the future with its largest multiplayer sandbox to date. Electronic Arts ramps up to 128-player matches across several huge locales, tapping into the latest from console and PC hardware. It also introduces a new "Specialist" system, a departure from the traditional class-based combat, albeit with a distinct Battlefield twist familiar to returning veterans.

Electronic Arts has committed to ten Specialists, unique personalities on the Battlefield 2042 roster when the game launches this October. These soldiers each bring gadgetry and abilities to the team, and with more slated for updates to come, they're integral to the new era for Battlefield. Here's what Specialists mean in Battlefield 2042, coupled with a list of the soldiers known so far.

How Specialists work in Battlefield 2042

Battlefield is known for its large-scale battles where man meets machine and its four playable classes played a major role in melding those into one setting. The latest installment looks to shape those systems through a new hero roster, mirroring success from the best shooter games like Call of Duty and Rainbow Six Siege.

Battlefield 2042's playable soldiers are known as "Specialists," unique personalities with their own gadgets and abilities. The traditional Assault, Engineer, Support, and Recon classes remain, with gadgets tied to specific characters rather than nameless soldiers. It also allows developer DICE to craft stories around its soldiers in future updates in lieu of a single-player campaign.

The new approach sees each Specialist have a "Speciality," a primary gadget that defines their playstyle, with grappling hooks and recon drones among the devices announced to date. They also sport a "Trait," a passive ability that aids their playstyle, like increasing movement speed or automatically spotting enemies.

Breaking away from the fixed four-class roles also diversifies your weapon choices in Battlefield 2042, with all weapon classes available to every Specialist. Classes now represent gadget types rather than playstyles, allowing players to tailor loadouts around their preferred tools. For example, a Recon Specialist is no longer restricted to sniper rifles, with assault rifles and LMGs also on the docket.

Specialists could represent a significant change in how Battlefield 2042 combat operates over former games, with a broader spectrum of playstyles now possible within each class.

Electronic Arts has announced plans to ship 10 Specialists alongside Battlefield 2042 this October, with more slated for post-launch updates. The first year of DLC will be split into four distinct seasons, resulting in a new Specialist around every three months. We currently know just five of the launch day Specialist lineup, albeit with traces of more soldiers also beginning to surface.

Webster Mackay

This Specialist brings new utility to Battlefield 2042's Assault class, defined by swift movement enabled by its gadgetry and passive ability. In what Electronic Arts describes as the "lone-wolf" of the current multiplayer roster, the former Canadian soldier broke away from the crowd to join the no-pats.

Mackay's grappling hook brings new opportunities in Battlefield 2042, both incredibly agile and reactive in combat. This Specialist is all about staying mobile, leveraging the verticality of maps to maintain the high ground on enemies. It's a careful balance, finding moments of opportunity without exposing yourself to enemy fire.

Maria Falck

Falck brings years of medical expertise to the Battlefield 2042 lineup and fulfills the traditional role of a field medic, once reserved to the Assault class in earlier games. Her motherly tendencies, a factor that plays an integral part in her motivations according to the developer, ensures all your multiplayer allies get patched up in combat.

Maria Falck occupies a vital support role to keep the squad in fighting shape, better suited to healing and reviving allies than her counterparts. She can be the deciding factor between winning and losing a gunfight, serving that extra boost to finish the job.

Wikus 'Casper' Van Daele

This all-seeing Specialist brings unparalleled intelligence to your team, wrapped up in a ghillie suit, constantly on the hunt for his prey. His tools can survey the horizon from a birds-eye view, coupled with intrinsic traits that help spot nearby enemies.

Casper fulfills a traditional Recon role, kitted out in surveillance gear a constant overview of the battlefield while relaying valuable intel to squadmates. When paired with a sniper rifle, he excels at picking off targets at range but is always one step ahead of the opposing team.

Pyotr 'Boris' Guskovsky

Boris harnesses heavy firepower as an experienced Engineer, equipped with an automatic sentry system, ideal for holding the line in combat. This Specialist is all about providing supporting fire for your team and locking down crucial objectives.

The sentry gun allows Boris to face rivals out of harm's way and automatically engage enemies who contest objectives. While essential to exploit choke points and pin down enemies, his spotting trait also leaves him surprisingly effective in relaying intel.

Kimble 'Irish' Graves

Battlefield 2042 revives some existing Battlefield icons with its intertwined multiplayer narrative, with former U.S. Marine Kimble "Irish" Graves now commander of the Exodus no-pat battleship. His return in Battlefield 2042 leans into previous instances of caring for refugees, now equipped with a custom fortification system to help protect your online allies.

This specialist is all about offering protection and extra defenses, positioned as a tank-style loadout in the roster. Players will find Irish incredibly valuable in close-quarters encounters, capable of holding back an entire squad via a well-placed gadget.

Constantin Anghel

Constantin Anghel is one of several unannounced Battlefield 2042 Specialists, only briefly referenced via the "Journey of the No-Pats" series from Electronic Arts. This Romanian soldier was among those stranded at the Cheftaya Neft oil facility in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, according to official lore.

What we know about other Battlefield 2042 Specialists

Electronic Arts has unveiled only five of its ten planned Battlefield 2042 Specialists at launch, with more unveilings expected in the weeks before launch. The existing Specialists bring both all-new gadgetry and reworked versions of legacy Battlefield tools, each falling into the four distinct gameplay classes available in multiplayer.

Further details on Specialists recently surfaced via alleged data mined files, providing text strings reportedly related to forthcoming characters. The fourteen listed gadgets reference previously revealed Specialists, five still to come, plus other personalities slated for post-launch downloadable content (DLC) expansions.

When cross-referencing gadgets from known Battlefield 2042 Specialists, we now understand what to expect from the complete roster. Take the following details lightly, as with any unconfirmed leaks.

The names for several gadgets are somewhat self-explanatory, making it easy to guess the function behind tools like the "Supply Bag" and "Personal Shield." Devices like the Eidos and Signal Hacker raise more questions, likely bringing new gameplay qualities to the multiplayer sandbox. The faces behind these gadgets also remain a mystery, plus which of the four classes will welcome these Specialists. We expect to learn more about Specialists and their role in Battlefield 2042 over the weeks ahead.

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