Funny fact: Battlefield 4 has a lot of guns. You wouldn't think that were the case in multiplayer, as the majority of BF4 players have tended to prefer a few all-around beastly weapons —the Assault's M4A1 or the Engineer's MTAR-21, as examples—that sadly diminishes the chances of seeing more specialized firepower during a match. In a Battlefield Blog post today, DICE outlines some of the upcoming changes to foot soldier weapons as an effort to boost the variance of gun popularity and choice for players.
The post breaks down the planned weapon balances by type as shown:
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The Heavy Barrel and LMG accuracy changes will be most welcome, I suspect. The barrel's steep recoil penalty didn't fare well against alternative attachments such as the compensator and muzzle brake, but these changes should turn the Heavy Barrel into a viable choice for those who prefer mobile, patient plinking at range. LMGs getting a little love is good news all around—their massive magazines and high rates of fire are already attractive for close quarters play, and shrinking down bullet spread while aiming will definitely make things interesting for chaotic maps like Operation Locker.
Unfortunately, the Battlefield blog doesn't give a specific date for these adjustments, stating only that the changes will go live in a "future update." DICE also recently announced a month-long Player Appreciation event to provide players bonus Battle Packs and XP boosts as it focuses on fixing any remaining major issues .