On September 10, 2002, publishers Electronic Arts and a relatively unknown development called DICE released a multiplayer shooter called Battlefield 1942. In the 20 years that have passed since everyone involved has been on a journey from hell.
The game, which not only included infantry but also allowed players to control vehicles, was notable for its size and variety; I avoid pretty much every other online shooter, I’m talking about call of Duty And Counter-Strikethat I am only infantry–like the plague, but they always played Battlefield because I love the way it makes me look like a sniper, get killed and then understand, you know what, I’ll drive a tank later and maybe I’ll fly a fighter later.
Over the past 20 years, the series has changed a lot. The number of players has increased—2042 it has maps that support 128 at a time, which has problems but is also amazing, while the setting jumped in Vietnam, the first world war, the distant future and back. There have been games where you play as a cop instead of a soldierand spin-off games that had a heavy storyline. And that’s just the Battlefield series; DICE has also released two Star Wars games that are Battlefield in all but the name.
Yet it hasn’t changed at all. From Battlefield 1942 to Battlefield 2042the basic premise of any game has largely remained the same. Two teams fight on a large map, trying to take control points and kill the players on the other side. You can use a variety of infantry weapons, or you can get behind the wheel of a vehicle, and some of these vehicles are slow and carry passengers, while others are fast and don’t.
Each game has had its own problems, some technical and some related to design, and each game has pissed off some veterans fans by attracting new players. As I pointed out in mine 2042 revisiona Battlefield the game underwent a poor start and then restoring via patches and updates is almost a meme at this point, something we are experiencing once again in real time how 2042 he slowly recovers from his disastrous release.
On an occasion like this it’s only natural to look back on the show and remember the good times, something DICE marked this week with … free goodies for 2042 players, but 2042 the troubles and the direction the series is heading has also been a cause for concern for players when it comes of battlefield future.
Battlefield games have long been seen as standalone video games, which you bought, played for a few years and then moved on since the next one came out. Now it’s clear though, in this age of season tickets as well live service games—That SAYS (or maybe just their overlord EA editors) see a slightly different path to Battlefield, one where games are kept alive for years while fans are encouraged to constantly spend on things like expansions and cosmetic content. A push that, when viewed as part of similar the industry moves through other games and genresit has become both grueling and a bone of contention for many players.
It’s not that the show itself is threatened; in fact it was only last week that EA announced that a completely new studio is working on a completely new studio Battlefield “Experience”while they also tweet that they are “all in the future of Battlefield! ”. But it is still a worrying trend and rightly worried about the future Battlefield it might seem like a game.
I don’t know if anyone would have understood it in 2002 that this series would go again in 2022. And I’m sure no one could have seen it the twists it took in the following decades. So any attempt to predict the future for Battlefield it would probably be just as useless.
Perhaps season passes and cosmetic microtransactions will take the series into the mud. Maybe SAYS will learn lessons from the things people hated 2042—Not bugs or things that could be fixed, but fundamental economics decisions such as the introduction of S.specialists and make amends with the next game. Who knows! We can only wait and see, just like we have done for the past 20 years.
In the meantime, I’m going to spend some time playing 2021 today Battlefield 2042 so I can enjoy a remake of a map (Caspian border) since 2011 Battlefield 3which is the most suitable 20th anniversary celebration that I can think of.