Battlefield 2042 was quite a fall from glory for EA as the latest installment hit all the milestones, just the wrong ones. Battlefield 2042 descended the chart in the worst manner, and the game felt like an unfinished product quickly thrown together just before the beta.
Even the scoreboard was added long after the game had already been critically degraded by fans and critics alike. Battlefield 2042 was meant to recover the anticipations that fans lost in the previous installment. The prior version was decent but fans only expected the next-gen title to improve.
However, they were proven wrong when a plethora of bugs killed the players more than other players themselves. Battlefield 2042 quickly declined in player base, and fans returned to older iterations of the franchise.
Arguably, Battlefield 2042 was saved from becoming a literal graveyard of expectations when developers supposedly noted to improve the game through upcoming updates and seasons. The game has seen a bundle of bug fixes and added content and support.
The game has seen decent improvements from the initial state and is playable. However, the damage is already done to Battlefield 2042. Most fans have shelved the game away to be covered by a layer of dust. Battlefield 2042 is expected to be remembered for all the wrong reasons, but the developers have given their best.
However, an accredited industry insider, Jeff Grubb, has stated in the most recent episode of his GiantBomb podcast , on the 25:35 minute mark that “Battlefield 2042 is down to a skeleton crew to meet the barebones of their obligations.”
He elaborated, “It’s down to like the bare bones and those people are specifically just working on the promised additional seasons that the game needs to meet the requirements of the high-end version that it sold.” Jeff dubbed the title as, “abandon ship time.”
“The skeleton crew is working to pump that stuff out the fastest and the cheapest it possibly can,” Jeff further noted. Jeff Grubb also revealed that EA is presently in pre-production for the next Battlefield title.
He iterated, “They’re doing this to move everyone on to the new Battlefield as fast as possible.” While discussing what the team was up to, he mentioned, “The real core crew of Battlefield developers are already working on that.”
The developers that are updating the game with new seasons and content appear to be very few in numbers. The skeletal state of the team is also seemingly due to the low profits the game has brought forth.
It is expected that the team will conclude the few seasons they are contractually bound to do and then drop the title altogether. Both EA and DICE will supposedly focus on newer projects. Several industry insiders, like Tom Henderson, also iterated the same in the past and support this view of Jeff Grubb.
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