Battlefield 1 December update reduces the range of some shotguns

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

The Battlefield 1 December update is now available for download. Update 12132016 brings a long list of game improvements and bug fixes that will definitely improve your gaming experience.

EA has made many adjustments to the game, particularly related to weapon damage. Battlefield 1 fans have long been complaining about the unfair advantages offered by certain weapons, especially shotguns. As a result, the current B1 December update addresses shotgun balance, aiming at evening out the strong points and weaknesses of each shotgun type.

Battlefield 1 update evens out shotgun range

Certain Battlefield 1 shotguns were abnormally strong at certain distances, killing a full health target at long range. Naturally, players preferred these shotguns over others. In order to balance the advantages and disadvantages of each shotgun and make the game feel more real, EA has reduced the range for the buckshot variants of the M97 Trench Gun, Model 10-A and Sawed Off Shotguns.

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Shotgun balance has been addressed in this update, with the primary goal of evening out the advantages and disadvantages of each type of shotgun. We noticed that some shotguns were unintentionally strong at certain distances, most obvious with the Model 10-A Hunter and Factory, which could kill a full health target at long range (for a shotgun). Players were naturally preferring these shotguns over others. To prevent this, we reduced the range for the buckshot variants of the M97 Trench Gun, Model 10-A and Sawed Off Shotgun, reducing the maximum one-hit kill distance. To make the M97 Trench gun more attractive we added an extra pellet to all variants and slightly improved the damage drop-off for the Sweeper variant. The Backbored shotgun variants had their range improved, as previously you took too big of a hit for the improved recoil. We increased the accuracy of the 12g Automatic to allow users to make use of its high rate of fire more effectively. Tweaked crosshairs will make it easier to land your damage consistently for all shotguns.

Have you already tested out the latest Battlefield 1 update? Has it significantly improved your gaming experience?

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