Battlefield 4 Spring Patch brings new weapons, Gun Master

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DICE has detailed the upcoming Spring Patch for Battlefield 4, due out later this month. It's a very gunny update, bringing as it does five new guns, a gun balance pass and the return of Battlefield 3: Close Quarters' Gun Master mode.

Of the new guns, there will be a "fan favourite" assault rifle, a carbine, a PDW, a sidearm and an LMG. I don't think I've ever had a favourite assault rifle, but then, I just had to look up what PDW means—personal defence weapon, apparently—so clearly I'm just not that into guns.

As for the balance pass, here is a neat picture that explains the new damage, falloff and suppression system:

Bf4 Spring Patch Blog

For more specifics on what the new system entails, you can check out DICE's post to the CTE wiki.

As for Gun Master, it will be familiar to players of the Battlefield 3: Close Quarters DLC, or Counter-Strike's Gun Game mod. It's a team deathmatch in which players progress through a pre-selected weapon tree with every two consecutive kills. Five weapon presets will be available, including 'Troll,' which starts players with ballistic shields and "it’s downhill from there."

Finally, there'll be the old PC favourite: stability and netcode updates.

Phil Savage

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.