Battlefield 2042 Is Throwing Away One Of Its Worst Elements

Battlefield 2042 has had some clear isseues from the moment that it launched, and one of those issues is now being taken out completely.

By James Brizuela | Published

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Battlefield 2042 has had arguably one of the worst launches in recent memory. The normally popular first-person shooter has seemingly failed to really bring a ton of fans back into the long-standing warfare game. It could have been that the developers were a bit too ambitious with what they were attempting to get across in adding a more expansive mode in terms of player count. The 128-player Breakthrough mode sounds like a ton of fun, but then you get bogged down by having to chase down kills and being stuck on one objective with such an open map and vehicle count. DICE has heard these woes, and a new update launching today has removed the 128-player Breakthrough mode and replaced them with a max 64-player Breakthrough.

It’s not often that first-person shooters get mad about having more people on a team, but 128 players are just entirely too many. Issues were bound to happen, considering that most people don’t have 5-10 of their friends on a game all at once. Battlefield 2042 is meant to be played alongside those you know. Of course, there are matchmaking aspects to think about, but how often do you get into a squad that has mics and works together? It’s truly a rarity. Having to count on 63 other people to battle it out for objectives instead of kills is a foolhardy task. However, when that number is shrunk down to 32 people and worrying more about 31 others, things become more manageable. We know doing math is not the best option to go with here, but the point is DICE made the right move this time.

Gaming communities are more dedicated than ever, and it is often that studios now listen to the growing concerns and demands that are collectively shared on forums and through in-game chats. The good news about that aspect is it gives ideas about what the overarching gamers playing a title truly want. In the case of Battlefield 2042, gamers want a more balanced battle. There are far too many vehicles, people, and dangers to think about when you get 64 vs 64 people. The fact that most matches in the 128-player Breakthrough matches got into a chokepoint while battling it out for one objective, makes the point of Battlefield become null and void. The beauty of the games is to play a warfare combat simulation that deals more with teamwork and objectives than just going out and shooting another player in the face. However, with 128 players in a single match, the magic of that aspect is done away with.

Battlefield 2042 is still going strong, despite its clear launch woes. DICE is doing what it can to think about the community’s wants, and that is shown by eliminating the worst aspect of the new game. With only focusing on 64 players at a time, it also means that more resources can be allocated to ensuring that the multiplayer aspect of the game can continue to evolve into something better. Battlefield 2042 is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.