Battlefield 2042 Specialists: Our first look at the new classes

Our first look at Battlefield 2042 Specialists, the new character classes with unique abilities.

Battlefield 2042 will make you feel special. It’s not just the explosions and dramatic battles, though. Effectively (though not quite technically) replacing the standard class system, Battlefield 2042 Specialists are unique characters with customizable loadouts which players can pick before diving into a match. Think Rainbow Six Siege’s Operators, but with far more freedom to modify their gear.

Battlefield 2042 Specialists

Though Battlefield 2042 will launch with 10 Specialists to choose from, we’ve so far only been introduced to four of them. In the latest gameplay trailer released this weekend, we finally get to see all of the revealed Battlefield 2042 Specialists in action. Specialists still fall under the class system of Battlefield past, but each one has a unique Speciality tool and Trait to use during matches. Here’s a look at each and what we know about them.

Webster Mackay

  • Place of Birth: Canada
  • Class: Assault
  • Specialty: Grappling Hook
  • Trait: Nimble (increased movement speed when ADS and Ziplining)
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First up is Webster Mackay, the Assault Specialist with a knack for getting about quickly. Mackay comes with a grappling hook which can be fired into walls to launch him upwards and help him mantle onto higher heights.

On top of that, Mackay’s Nimble Trait means he’s got a higher movement speed than most Specialists while aiming down sights and ziplining. Perfect for keeping someone suppressed as you advance or for flanking around a distracted enemy.

Maria Falck

  • Place of Birth: Germany
  • Class: Support
  • Specialty: S21 Syrette Pistol (revives and heals allies at range)
  • Trait: Combat Surgeon (revives allies at full health instead of half)
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Likely the closest to a traditional battlefield medic, Maria Falck is made to keep her squad on their feet and fighting at full strength. The S21 Syrette Pistol can be used to heal teammates at range or deliver a quick jab to top up Falck herself. 

Skilled at deploying a pair of defibrillators mid-combat, Falck comes with the Combat Surgeon Perk which means anyone she revives will be brought back at full health, ready for action.

Pyotr "Boris" Guskovsky

  • Place of Birth: Russia
  • Class: Engineer
  • Specialty: SG-36 Sentry Gun
  • Trait: Sentry Operator (improves sentry gun effectiveness within range)
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A fan of big guns and minimal work? Boris is your guy. An engineer built around supporting firepower, Boris can place down the SG-36 Sentry Gun to unload lead into his enemies without a press of the trigger. Use it to support your attacks or watch your back – either way it’ll be your best friend on the battlefield. 

The Sentry Operator Trait improves the effectiveness of the turret while Boris is nearby, making it advantageous to plonk it close to a spot of cover you can hide behind.

Wikus "Casper" Van Daele

  • Place of Birth: South Africa
  • Class: Recon
  • Specialty: OV-P Recon Drone 
  • Trait: Movement Sensor (detects enemies moving quickly within range)
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Last up, it's the return of the Recon class with saffa agent Casper. Intended to support his squad from behind the scenes – or ideally, up high – Casper can deploy a remote-controlled Recon Drone which marks enemies, revealing them for your side. It also comes with EMP tech, allowing you to disrupt enemy electronics for a brief period. 

A paranoid man for good reason, Caspar’s Movement Sensor Trait will place an indicator on your screen to point out incoming dangers, letting you know when someone is sneaking up behind you for a backstab.

Those are all the Battlefield 2042 Specialists we know so far, but we’ll aim to update you with details on the remaining six as and when they’re revealed. Find out more about Battlefield 2042 with our breakdown of everything we know. 

Associate Editor

Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video game journalism stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at henry.stenhouse@allgamers.com, or catch him on Twitter.

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