What a glorious clusterfuck Battlefield 2042 is turning out to be. The backlash started before the game had even released back in the open beta last year. But Battlefield is the gift that just keeps giving for EA. With the publisher already vocalising its disappointment with the release, all hopes of redemption were pinned Season One’s launch. That was supposed to kick off in March. But no longer.
Of course Battlefield suffered heavy criticism at launch. It was bug riddled. It was missing content. New features, like the tornado were abysmally implemented, and a there was widespread annoyance at a lack of “legacy features”.
All this would supposedly be fixed with the launch of Season One. But its repeated delay had been, according to Dice due to a number of features that need to be in place before it can start. This includes voice communication, an improved ping system, better gunplay and an “improved reward loop”.
Hope is a dangerous thing
Players are hopeful that a promised update in March will address these glaring issues, detailed in the latest blog update. But if history is bound to repeat itself, there’s no real guarantee of that either. Which means that for Season One, the dwindling player base will be waiting for summer, at the earliest. This from the EA blog announcing the delay;
“We’ve had to make some big decisions to ensure that our next set of updates can be focused on delivering these improvements, with the most substantial one being to move the release date of our first Season to early Summer. This decision gives us the time to focus on improving the Battlefield 2042 experience while finalizing the development of our seasonal content to ensure that it all reaches our standard for quality.”
It is of course even worse for those unlucky few who bought the Gold and Ultimate Editions, whose high price was in part because they include a Year One pass. Bummer.
EA has at least acknowledged this disappointment, with the “steadfast exclusive legendary bundle” now penned as part of the March update. This will include, brace yourself, a unique specialist skin, melee weapons, additional weapon and vehicle skins and a player card. And with a recovery plan as air-tight as that, we’ll be waiting right on the edge of our seats.
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Olly S, July 2020