The Support class joined the all-out war party when Battlefield 2 came along in 2005. Alongside the game’s 6 other classes, the basic duties of the Support were similar to what they are now: provide suppressive fire and resupply teammates using Ammo Boxes. The Light Machine Gun was the signature weapon for the class and those who wielded it had to master both bullet spread and cooldown of this powerful firearm. Support players in Battlefield 2 were also equipped with a body armor, basically turning their starting health to 133%.
Though the fight took place in the future, the qualities of the Battlefield 2142 Support class were timeless. The enemy team had to watch out for the classes devastating Sentry Guns and ability to detect invisible soldiers. Getting more accurate as it was fired, the default machine gun was also a monster in the hands of a skilled Support – especially with the huge magazine capacity.
Battlefield: Bad Company
Accepting even more supportive challenges for the squad, the Support class of Battlefield: Bad Company took on the role of both healer and vehicle specialist. Medkits and Power Drill in hand, Support players took care of both bullet wounds and damaged rides. Teammates with empty mags had to rely on ammunition crates, though. We have fun, explosive memories of calling in the Mortar Strike to blow our enemies – or just buildings that had it coming – into smithereens.
The Battlefield 3 Support was in many ways a return to the kit in Battlefield 2, and the distribution of Ammo Boxes was once again one of the class’s responsibilities. With an arsenal of Light Machine Guns, Shotguns, PDWs and more, the Support was a diverse class that could be approached in many ways. Number 3 also introduced the suppression system, where gunfire cause reduced vision to enemies on the receiving end. And yes, the beloved C4 was now in the hands of the Support class. Good times!
Paved with LMG bullets and ransacked Ammo Boxes, the road to the present state of the Support has been an interesting one. In Battlefield 4 we still rely on the Support for ammo refills and the new Ammo Pack – smaller but also capable of being thrown further – has changed up this process. A new grenade launcher of both airburst and smoke variety was also gifted upon the Support, and China Rising players have a new toy in the remote-controlled UCAV.
All in all, there’s never been a better opportunity for supportive players to jump into Battlefield 4 and try out this class. And for you veterans, we hope you keep those resupplies and LMG kill streaks going!
What are your memories of the Support?
What memories do you have of the support across the various iterations outlined here? Feel free to leave your comments, or head on over to our Battlefield Forums for a broader discussion on the game and its classes.