Despite declining player numbers, Battlefield 2042 is being developed and gets updates. One of them today brought the scoreboard, a long-requested feature. But that didn’t soothe fans’ spirits.
How is Battlefield 2042 doing?
What’s in the update? In the official blog post, the developers talk about the content of the update. There are mainly bug fixes and problem fixes with the controls as well as some new bundles.
However, what resonates the most with fans is the scoreboard, a feature that many players say should have been in the game since release. Battlefield 2042 initially only had a stripped down version, but now features a proper display of player stats after the update was postponed several times:
The feature is generally welcomed on reddit. It’s nice to finally be able to see exactly how good you really are compared to others. But it all comes too late, nobody can be brought back with it.
The general mood in the community on both reddit and Twitter tends towards mockery. Fans just don’t seem to trust the game anymore and mostly laugh at excuses that were used to be made.
Hardly any players left on Steam, but the others are to blame
According to data site steamcharts, Battlefield 2042 only has an average of around 2,500 players left on Steam in the last 30 days. That’s less than the predecessors Battlefield V and Battlefield 1 can show.
Accordingly, there is ridicule that the new scoreboard can only be used to measure how good you are compared to bots anyway. The lobbies are full of them.
For some time now, the climate on reddit has been so negative that it was considered for a while to close it directly. Meanwhile, the mood is no longer purely hostile, but has become quite cynical.
The main reason for this is a statement that EA made earlier. Many of the unloved changes in Battlefield 2042 were therefore made to focus more on multiplayer, since nobody wanted single-player anymore – at least that’s how it came across.
For example, the campaEsports Extrasflew out of the game and instead of generic classes, there are specialists with special abilities. One of the biggest memes in the general gaming reddit after the successful release of Elden Ring was that it can hardly be because people no longer want single-player titles:
However, EA has made itself particularly unpopular with the search for culprits, in which they eventually came out with elite gamers – just not with their own decisions, which the fans see as incorrect.
With the scoreboard and other updates, Battlefield 2042 wants to show once again that they listen to their community and implement criticism. At least that’s what the blog post says. Whether that’s still enough remains to be seen. At least some lessons seem to have been learned from the mistakes:
Battlefield 2042 apparently sees what fans have been saying since release: 128 players are too many for a map