Battlefield 2042 developer DICE is fighting fires and an irate fanbase which has since transitioned back to previous title, Battlefield V. But the Swedish developer has posted an update about its plans today, as it tries to get the title back on track. In favouring key updates and improvements, it’s pushed the release’s first season back until the summer.
So, what’s in store? Well, the game will be getting a refined scoreboard, which will be added imminently. This will be complemented by End of Round reporting in a later update. It’ll also be updating Player Profiles to include more meaningful information, and further updating its voice chat systems. It’s insane that we’re writing all of this about a game that ultimately launched last year.
Elsewhere, it’ll be tweaking key gameplay mechanics, like the reward loop you and your team receive when playing the objective – and, of course, there’ll be further improvements and balancing applied to the gunplay. You can read more about exactly how it intends to make these alterations in collaboration with the community through here.
If you’re an incensed early adopter, then worry not: DICE has some free goodies for you, assuming you purchased the Gold or Ultimate Editions. As part of the next update, you’ll receive the Steadfast Exclusive Legendary Bundle, which includes various in-game trinkets, including skins and profile icons. You’ll also get the Rib Tickler melee weapon.
Is it all too little too late, though? Player numbers have absolutely plummeted in Battlefield 2042, and there’s talk online that EA is so disappointed with its performance that it’s considering making the title free-to-play. Certainly, we don’t think we’ll be waiting long for this to be added to the list of All EA Play Games on PS5 and PS4.
It's a sh*tshow on Twitter right now. I never bought the game but dear lord, it's a giant mess that DICE will have to devote so much to fix.
Who is to blame? EA, DICE? I can't say.
This is basically ANTHEM 2.0
We've seen games launch badly and come back after updates but not in a segment with so much strong and active competition. I doubt this one can be saved at this point.
@jFug I was one of the people who wanted that game to be succesfull, however it did make sense for EA to move on.
Bioware's talent has always been single player games and they should stick to what they do best.
They need some extra time to roll it in more glitter.
I'm having fun with the game but even as a huge fan of Battlefield games I do regret buying the gold edition during a sale.
I should've waited a year instead 🙃
Oh well, I guess the "free" pack is alright...
Or maybe should have just delayed the game instead.
Anybody want to chip in with me and buy EA?
Games as a service.
I wonder if DICE just spends most of their time on their trailers and the great music in them instead of actually working on the games lol. It seems like it.
So, if you only payed £70!, you didn't get ripped off enough to be eligible for the legendary bundle?
Trailer team =/= soundtrack team =/= devs
It's just a rushed piece of trash. Again.
Always has been like that, doesn't excuse the practice but the outrage is frankly funny.
Buys battlefield 3, gets a messy and buggy crap for a year "I will never do this again"
Buys battlefield 4, gets a messy and buggy crap for a year "I thought they would have learnt, sucks I won't trust them again"
Buys battlefield V, gets a messy and buggy crap for a year "I thought third time's the charm, it was, they exceeded with this suprisingly even more buggy crap"
Buys battlefield 2042, gets a messy and buggy crap for a year "Random ape noises"
Oh for crying out loud, what a shat storm 2042 is. People still don't have any idea Wtf they're even getting as part of the gold or ultimate edition and when it's coming! The game is fundamentally flawed at the core of its design.
People like to add the caveat that alot of Battlefield launches are bad, but having been a player through many of them, it should be clear that this horrorshow surpasses the lot.
I mean, for all the talk about how people disliked BFV, that game has more players than this train wreck currently (at least on Steam).
There's no salvaging this absolute dog's dinner and I'm so so glad I skipped this.
@lolwhatno except its not like that at all in this case. Other launches were rough but most people knew that with work it would improve, and that there was a decent game underneath.
This game is not only the most broken by far, but fundamentally the core gameplay design choices, the maps etc are all bad, so fixing the bugs will not be enough.
This isn't so much the straw that broke the camels back as it is an anvil dropped onto the camel from a great height.
I played the beta and it was the first BF I skipped, and the game has been hemorrhaging players since launch. In summary: this is not just another BF launch 😅
They just need to kill this game, refund everyone’s money, and go back to the drawing board. 2042 is trash and will never be acceptable.
I wish game companies didn’t see goodwill and community as something to be exploited.
They need to get rid of those specialists, Bring back the classes. The maps need overhauled massively as well, some new ones wouldn’t go a miss either.
@TeapotBuddha Huh, I guess the reaction being the same fooled me. Because people screamed that this is the end of battlefield during BFV launch lol!
Actually, I'm pretty sure I'm correct people made the same claims during BFV, just look at the top posts of the subreddit:
Is it too early to ask for Bad Company 3? No worries, I'm not affected as I still prefer the likes of Insurgency Sandstorm to recent Battlefield entries, but I would go back if EA/Dice got their act together.
The most impressive thing DICE developed were the balls to charge $60+ for a game that was less fleshed out than most early access titles, in a heralded series with a huge player base, and the nerve to NOT anticipate the backlash.
Bought 2042 used for $9.99 and still feel ripped off. It's garbage hot steaming pile of garbage.
@lolwhatno yeah, I know the BF crowd are a melodramatic lot. But this time you're seeing the apocalyptic talk from outsider pundits looking in too.
I mean, they've never before had to consider going free to play just to try and salvage a release, within a few months of launch too.
For my part I quite liked BFV from the start, for what it's worth 😛
@TeapotBuddha That's not wrong, you bring valid points to the table my friend. I think I was wrong then, thanks for clarifying (I appreciate you).
Have a great day mate.
@commentlife 90% of the time when the company talks about "fans focused games" or "games built around what fans want" it will be a toxic ocean of mtx.
They need to completely rebuild the game from scratch.
Even the basic gunplay is broken.
I played Battlefield V at release. It was not even close to the broken insanity of 2042.
V had some fundamental issues, but these were issues that could improve over time.
The core of 2042 is rotten. It was designed as a battle Royale game (explains the piss poor huge map designs) first and foremost. And then hastily converted to a “traditional” Battlefield title once Apex Legends blew up in popularity.
They need to kill this game, issue refunds for those who bought it (I bought it and returned it over a weekend near launch, so I got my money back), and go back to the drawing board. Take Battlefield 4 and Battlefield 1 and use those as starting points for a new Battlefield game.
@TheRedComet I don’t know, I’ve had some great fun with it but I always found the gun play to be ok. It’s the least of the issues for me anyhow
@riceNpea Maybe we can buy a few key franchises they can keep their sports crap.
@Flaming_Kaiser I would love a new Syndicate, Chronicles of Riddick and SSX
@TheRedComet How far have we come that a scoreboard is called a extra on release. 😢
Games that are broken on release is normal, microtransactions was a big issue a few years ago now its normal, gambling for kids making games that prey on addicted people is normal.
Ah the future is getting worse and worse. Its richest against the rest of world man maybe its time to finish my backlog on PS4 and call it quits.
@riceNpea Was Syndicate good i didnt play the last one. Burnout a real Burnout would be fantastic, SSX, Dead Space is already coming there isnt a lot of EA games that really make me tick though.
How could u forget Red Alert i loved that series along with Heroes of Might and Magic from Ubisoft now.... ☹️
Gosh it was so long ago. Early 90s when Bullfrog were good. Syndicate was a really cool dystopia game.
Dead Space is coming but I don’t trust them not to make it in a cynical way somehow. We'll see. I'd like another Strike game perhaps, but I've just remembered what I would love...a new Populous game!!
I simply can't pour enough derision on this game. I have 228 games on my profile, almost all of which are platinumed or 100%, but this terrible joke of an offering is not only insulting to long-time Battlefield players, it's hands down one of the most aggravating, frustrating, terribly designed and generally UN-FUN games I have ever played. And as far as shooters themselves go? Easily the worst shooter ever; 1st or 3rd person. No contest in my experience.
I quite like it.
It’s clearly going downhill since BF4. Now I don’t even understand the UI. Specialists? Drop zone what? I have to play the crator-ish Portal mode to play Rush? Spent 4 hours or so in the trial (two sittings – 1. on launch in November 2. Yesterday…) and it’s not getting any better. Thanks god I didn’t spend any money on this… If they will continue like this, EA Play will eventually have to give up the Trials. I just wonder how long would it take me to find TDM. Is it even there? On launch there was like 5 dead empty TDM servers… I mean… I could rant about this BS of a game all night… Uff
What is it with EA and shooters lately? Believe it or not, even the casuals have standards that have to be met.
What a mess...
I wonder if this will be the final Battlefield?
@TheRedComet I'll take your word for it mate.
The only thing of the core that I read about (don't really follow the game's news) .....
Actually nvm, the other person (teapotbrudda) convinced me enough, plus I have this thread that reminded me of what you said:
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