Hello, that is Kotaku’s Luke Plunkett, one of many 17 folks on the planet repeatedly having fun with the sport, reporting dwell from Battlefield 2042.
In the event you haven’t performed the sport throughout its first 12 months—and actually, it has had issues, who can blame you!—EA has determined that now could be the time to try to persuade you by providing Battlefield 2042 free of charge (through the first few days of December, throughout all platforms) or not less than as a part of the subscription payment you’re already paying for Sport Move.
They’re doing this for 2 causes, after all. The primary one is that nowhere close to sufficient folks purchased this recreation within the first place, so the playerbase has been at instances tragically low (right here in Australia, for instance, solely a single multiplayer mode is ever populated sufficient to get common video games). The second, and that is associated, is that Battlefield 2042 has beauty microtransactions, so the extra folks EA can get taking part in the sport, the extra they’re hoping to make off weapon, automobile and participant skins.
I’m now going to inform you that you just don’t want to purchase these skins, those you unlock are tremendous, and I’m additionally going to inform you that you must play this recreation! Battlefield 2042 launched with quite a lot of issues and quite a lot of adjustments, each of which upset many long-time gamers, however like I stated on the time there was nonetheless good (or not less than potential) in what it was attempting to do.
Now, 12 months later, after a ton of labor and (remaining) fan suggestions, builders DICE have the sport…on the level it ought to have been at launch. Which is a low bar to clear, I do know, however this recreation was developed proper via a pandemic, it’s going to free (or principally free on Sport Move), and clearing low bars is precisely what these form of companies and weekends are for.
It’s additionally gotten fairly good! The unique maps are being reworked, the brand new maps are nice and quite a lot of the stuff older followers have been lacking at launch—from scoreboards to the category system—have both been reintroduced or are about to be.
In asserting the free/Sport Move availability, DICE additionally dropped a video and weblog at present outlining new weapons, map adjustments and specialist tweaks coming as a part of Season 3, together with a really temporary trace at one thing else coming past that, which they’re pitching as one thing extra substantial. That one thing else is mentioned over a cinematic of troopers taking a look at ominous climate, so given the sport is ready in a near-future local weather apocalypse (and already options in-game storms that may wreck your shit), it’ll be attention-grabbing to see if this one thing else makes dramatic adjustments to the best way climate shapes and impacts the maps.
Battlefield 2042 can be hitting Sport Move when Season 3 launches quickly, whereas the free weekend/week will run from December 1-4 on Xbox, Dec 1-5 on Steam and Dec 16-23 on PlayStation.