May 28, 2024
Battlefield 2042: A last chance for Battlefield?
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Battlefield 2042: A last chance for Battlefield?

Dice has announced the end of support for Battlefield 2042 after seven seasons and various content updates. Now fans have to wait for a yet unannounced new Battlefield. It could be the last chance for the franchise.








With the release of Battlefield 2042, EA and Dice had already been given a second chance to present the series in good condition again. The disastrous launch of Battlefield 5 and various controversies surrounding the game characters not matching the World War II setting left a bad taste in the mouths of fans. And then EA canceled the game after less than two years.

Battlefield fans from all over the world were all the more excited about a new game in the series. But Battlefield 2042 went far beyond the mark. Some decisions were incomprehensible to the community. Instead of classes, there were specialists. The so-called Nopats fought for all warring parties and were able to fulfill all roles – whether anti-tank, sniper or medic.

No classes, no battlefield

By eliminating the classes, the game also lost a feature that differentiated it from the same old Call of Duty spin-offs. The assumption: With the Nopats, who were quite annoying with their sometimes very unpleasant sayings, Dice wanted to push the new Extraction game mode Hazard Zone and of course various cosmetic items and the Battle Pass.






Video: Battlefield 2042 – 30 minutes of gameplay
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It’s just a shame that no one was really interested in Hazard Zone shortly after its release. Battlefield is a chaotic battlefield and not a tactical squad shooter. Did Dice want to follow the trend created by games like Call of Duty Warzone 2.0 and Escape from Tarkov? In any case, it was a bad decision to replace the well-known and functioning squad system with classes with generic-looking mercenaries.

But the trouble didn’t end there. The maps that were playable upon release were clearly designed for the new 128-player modes. That didn’t sound bad in theory, after all, doubling the number of players promised even more chaotic battles. However, the influence of individual players was reduced and the maps, which were much too large, were hardly provided with any cover options. The result was a game that often felt frustrating.

Bad player numbers right from the start

Even when it was released, very few people played Battlefield 2042, as figures on the Steam Charts portal show. From just over 50,000, the number of players fell drastically to under 4,000. Ironically, many players switched back to Battlefield 5, which has since gained around 86,000 players.



Video: Battlefield 1942 (2002) – Golem retro_
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Dice Battlefield 2042 was far from giving up. However, it was only more than a year after the release at the end of 2021 that the team was able to bring the situation under control and introduce various good changes in 2023. Among other things, the team brought back the class system. New, smaller maps should also improve the fun of the game enormously.

Dice did a good job over several seasons, so Golem.de could only say: “Battlefield is saved.” However, the company must learn lessons from this.


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