In a move that is going to surprise no one. Electronic Arts has already put DICE’s latest Battlefield 2042 on a nice sale on steam a mere month after its November launch. The game is not only a 34% sale on Steam and XBOX but there’s also a free weekend running on the game. While this may come as a surprise to those who haven’t kept up with Battlefield 2042’s launch, those who are familiar with the launch state of the game would have most likely seen this coming from a country mile.
Battlefield 2042 launched last month to a very negative reception from its playerbase. Many criticized the new class system implemented in 2042 as well as its slew of awful performance issues, abundance of bugs and terrible online performance. The game is currently sitting at an impressive “Mostly Negative” on Steam with players heavily criticizing the unfinished state of the game.
Its certainly very entertaining though, I think the most enjoyable part about this game’s launch are its user reviews which from a certain perspective that’s not shaded in a filter of greed, is indeed very messed up as people are mad at how badly they’ve been scammed off 60$ for an unfinished product.
Battlefield 2042 had a strong start commercially with the second highest launch sales of the entire series second only to Battlefield 3 but keeping in mind that its already on a huge sale and the fact that the game’s hype has been practically non-existent since its release, I believe its safe to assume that sales following the game’s launch window probably haven’t been the strongest. The game had a strong marketing push and managed to sell about 4.23 million copies in its first week, with Battlefield 3 being at the top selling approximately 4.68 million copies.
On a side note, Call of Duty Vanguard faced a somewhat similar but not nearly as bad fate as Battlefield. Though I did let off a chuckle when I saw the game on sale with a free weekend mere weeks after its launch. Comparatively, Halo Infinite had the most successful launch among all the other online AAA shooters this year. It is certainly surprising that having a paid product (Granted Halo Infinite MP is free which admittedly makes the case even more embarrassing for CoD and Battlefield) actually perform as it should on release is a point of praise in 2021, but it is what it is.