It’s only been a week since the launch of Battlefield 2042 and already the developers have to go on damage control. DICE’s latest game, published by EA, is another triple A game that has been released in a less than ideal state, leading it to become one of the worst reviewed games on Steam.
Despite a few days of early access, the full launch has led to a game that’s not much more than a beta version of what was promised. It’s another example of a launch where the developers are expected to meet a deadline and deal with the issues afterwards. Facing numerous complaints, EA and DICE have issued an extensive statement about their plans to address current issues and the updates required to make peace with its player base.
Part of the message reads, “We also want to give you the assurance that we’re carefully evaluating your desire to see legacy features return. End-of-match Scoreboard, Server Browser, and features like Voice Chat are big topics for us to cover all at once, and we have plenty we want to say around them.”
The absence of features like voice chat and an end-of-match scoreboard is quite surprising. They are the kind of features folks expect from a modern online multiplayer game. Other updates in future have been promised to address game performance, server stability, gameplay balance, bullet spread reduction and more.
In the wake of this messy launch, Fawzi Mesmar, DICE’s head of design who looked after the Battlefield and Star Wars: Battlefront franchises, is leaving the company. In an email sent to staff this week, seen by VGC, Mesmar reveals that plans have been in place since before the launch of Battlefield 2042 for his departure.
The email reads in part, “I have been made an offer I couldn’t refuse at another company that has been kind enough to wait for me until we have shipped [Battlefield 2042]. It was super important to me to be here with the team as we achieve this historical milestone.”
The developers’ attempts at damage control may not be completely necessary as Battlefield 2042 player counts remain strong. It is, after all, still a Battlefield game. Folks all agree that the game needs to be fixed, bugs squashed and changes made. But at the end of the day this is still another release into their beloved franchise, and fans are hopeful that the issues will be fixed in time.
Battlefield 2042 is available on PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.