It’s great when companies continue to support their games. Despite the odds, people still play Battlefield 2, and they’ll be reassured to know that patch 1.50 is still being developed with an open beta possibly coming in a month or so. Here’s the change log, for anyone interested:
– Additional support for Windows Vista.
– Added Highway Tampa as a required map.
– Added a new map called Operation Blue Pearl.
– Changes made to both the J10 and F35B to make them more balanced. Please note that the J10 is a superior dogfighter to the F35B and as such these two aircraft will never be equally matched.
– AA targeting tweaked to make it more effective.
– Added checks to prevent “runway grieving”.
– Various changes made to prevent cheating.
– Tweaked the hit detection, hits will be more accurate to the model.
The new map will involve Chinese urban combat. Of note is the amelioration of “runway grieving,” which would not let a teammate punish his friendly pilot if he gets team killed on the runway, and the pilot will lose no points. That’s a terrible, terrible change, and it’s clear that DICE has caved to the vocal minority who found this technique annoying. The changes involving security of the game are much needed, however, and could actually make it more enjoyable.
It is disappointing that they addressed so little of what I complained about two years ago on my “battlefail” post. Maybe in 1.51…
(Update 4/23: The beta patch is now available.)