Battlefield 2042 may usher the series into an unprecedented dark time, as many fear the game will be forgotten by the time DICE finishes fixing it.
The past week has been particularly stressful for Battlefield fans and developer DICE. The studio has announced that it is delaying the first season of the game for several months. What many believed to happen in March now lands around June. Instead, the developer will use this break to fix long-standing issues and potentially change some of the more controversial design decisions made during the development of Battlefield 2042.
Meanwhile, publisher EA practically pretended the game didn’t exist at all in its Q3 financial reports and releases. When asked about Battlefield 2042’s performance and its vision for launch, EA said it was a disappointment, admitting it had encountered several issues. EA, however, was adamant that DICE would get things back on track as the developer has fixed similar issues in the past.
The inevitable fact is that all of this means that Battlefield 2042 won’t get any new content for months. In the ever-relevant rush for engagement, a number of Battlefield content creators have already publicly announced they’re dropping the game.
The latest victim of this lack of interest is Stodeh, one of many YouTubers who built their careers on the cover of Battlefield, before moving on to other popular shooters like Warzone. Stodeh posted a video over the weekend announcing that while they will be covering Battlefield 2042 news, they won’t be showing it on their channels until new content arrives.
Ahead of that, fellow Battlefield creator Westie also recently told his subscribers he’d be moving away from 2042, explaining that they’re just not having fun playing it right now. Both videos were fairly subdued in their reviews, but other creators took a much higher tone when dropping the game.
AKA-ART, for example, which plays almost exclusively Battlefield games, all but quit after the failure of Battlefield 2042.
Meanwhile, other Battlefield content creators, such as TheBrokenMachine, have quietly moved away from the game, either returning to older Battlefield titles or focusing on other popular shooters. LevelCapGaming and Jackfrags are the only two major creators that regularly release Battlefield 2042 content, though even in the latter’s case, it’s not quite as frequent.
It’s not hard to see why this happens. Battlefield 2042 continues to lose players across all platforms. This lack of player interest is reflected in the lack of views on YouTube and Twitch, which is one of the main reasons all these creators are pulling out – there’s just no money in it. .
Battlefield 4 is often the closest point of comparison for a game with an incredibly difficult launch that changed things. But as many continue to point out, Battlefield 4’s problems were mostly related to stability and bugs, not its fundamental design. Indeed, by the time Battlefield 2042 gets its first new content, Battlefield 4 had already received several new expansions, making any potential turnaround for 2042 even more unlikely.
In the meantime, Battlefield fans have gone back to previous games to get their fix. Battlefield 5 saw the biggest increase in player count, followed by Battlefield 1. Both games actually topped 2042 on Steam’s most played games list by far.