Battlefield 2042 developer Dice believes the game is finally taking shape, nine months after release and just in time for its second season.
The shooter had a rocky launch last year that caused players to hemorrhage as its active community sank into the doldrums. Battlefield 2042’s first season became the acid test of its future as Dice tried to regain his player count with a somewhat meager content schedule.
Speaking to Gaming at a recent press conference, the developer described the first season as a success. He reckons that the improvements made in recent months have allowed the team to better understand where Battlefield 2042 should be heading.
“I think players really appreciated the Season 1 map Exposure, which played really well with the mixed combat between the tunnels and the different game modes, and the different experiences you can have with that,” said the lead designer. of the game, Florian le Bihan. “I think Specialist Lis was also very appreciated and was a great addition to the cast.
“These are great lessons to tell us that we’re on the right track when it comes to what really starts to work for Battlefield, and they’re lessons that we’re carrying over into future seasons.”
a rocky road
Game design director Feras Musmar said Battlefield 2042’s live service model allowed the team to better observe what players want from the game. Seeing how players reacted to Season 1 informed them about which features work best.
“We’ve introduced weekly quests in [Season 1], so it was interesting to see how it changed player behavior and the different playstyles that emerged as different missions appeared in the game,” says Musmar. “We had a lot of lessons from that.”
Battlefield 2042 hasn’t had a big run since its release late last year. A series of glitches, bugs, and quality of life issues caused player counts to plummet months after launch. As game-breaking glitches continued to appear and content was removed, the game’s delayed first season felt touch-and-go. The shooter appears to have weathered that initial storm, however, with SteamCharts (opens in new tab) showing that it has consistently maintained a higher player count since the launch of Season 1.
As publisher EA said earlier, it’s not giving up on the game. Season 2 will introduce the new Stranded map and new Specialist Crawford. Three new weapons are also coming, along with two new vehicles. All of these can be unlocked by progressing through a free battle pass. Battlefield 2042 Season 2 arrives next week on Tuesday, August 30th.