It's no secret that Battlefield 2042 has been a bit of a disaster. Many unpopular changes to the tried-and-tested Battlefield formula have led to a mass exodus from the game, made worse by EA's admission that Season 1 content is delayed to the summer.
The community's displeasure with the game has spilled over into a Change.org petition, which as of writing, is about to hit the 5000 mark. The petition calls for EA to offer unequivocal refunds, in a similar fashion to what occurred with Cyberpunk 2077 after its similarly disastrous launch period.
Change.org petitions of this nature rarely produce tangible results, but it adds further pressure on EA and DICE to turn the game around. Battlefield 2042 has dropped quite rapidly out of every "most played" and "most viewed" games list, including Twitch, Steam, and Xbox.
Since the game launched, Vince Zampella who came in from Respawn Entertainment is now known to be heading up the direction of both DICE and the Battlefield franchise into the future. Zampella and Respawn are of course known for the Titanfall and Apex Legends titles, the latter of which has supplanted Battlefield as EA's most important pillar shooter.
As a Battlefield fan, it's undoubtedly disappointing to see the franchise gradually slip over the years. Battlefield 1 was utterly incredible in my view, but fans have long been yearning for a return to a more modern theatre of war, as seen in titles like Battlefield Bad Company 2, Battlefield 3, and 4. It seems unlikely that EA will be able to turn Battlefield 2042's fortunes around, but I'd say they succeeded with Battlefront II, which suffered a similarly controversial launch, but later emerged as a truly incredible game. I suppose only time will tell.
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I think it's high time they revisited Bad Company. Release a sequel and have a little fun with the narrative again.
"Damages" is a bit much, for crying out loud.
Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 4 were the two best in my opinion. Battlefield 1 was also a good game as well. For online multiplayer, whatever engine or approach was used in Battlefield 4 and Battlefield 1, needs to be revisited and built upon, period.
Battlefield 4, 1, and 2042 all use the same engine... 2042 just uses an slightly updated for DX12, RTX features, and next gen support. I don't thing we'll ever see a return to form Battlefield unless they massively overall everything about the studio and leadership.
People need to grow up and understand the meaning of " pre order " it's not always going to be perfect. Imagine what's even like to create a game, just the little things every one has to put in perspective? Bugs, glitches & crashes are apart of that you all some cry babies. You're the one who decided to spend the money rather then be patient. Look at battlefield 4! It's a amazing consider the time and effort they're trying to fix the problem. Again you all spent the money on something new.
Agreed. People should take responsibility of pre-ordering, which is always a gamble, as believing the marketing hype that naturally companies build on.
This argument always amuses me. I don't particularly know what the issues are with Battlefield 2042 (but this is something that applies to a multitude of game releases), but if they offered or advertised something and the game doesn't provide that then the customer is liable for a refund. It's crazy that game developers get a pass on this simple fact, you wouldn't just "suck it up" if you bought and car and half the features you were told would be there aren't. No, you'd return the thing straight away. What is so different about game development that there are people willing to say "nah, it's ok, because game development is hard". The insane thing is that there are hundreds, even thousands, of games released every year that don't offer up false promises, so it's not like this is so elusive.
So, I just read the petition, that is the stupidest thing I've ever read, at absolutely no point does it explain WHAT Battlefield 2042 did wrong. Now, I'm assuming it did, because "triple A" gaming is an absolute farce and there hasn't been a huge blockbuster release that hasn't been a disappointment for quite a while. But that petition is just plain trash and whoever created it should maybe learn how to provide a logical argument before trying to incite change.
Remember, don't harass DICE, harass EA
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