First spotted on the popular gaming forum, Reset Era, Battlefield 2042 has fallen off the Microsoft Store’s “50 Most Popular Games on Xbox” list in the US. It isn’t doing much better abroad as the UK’s list has it at #45.
The “COD Killer” didn’t do much.
This isn’t really surprising to fans of the Battlefield franchise, as a quick look online shows the incredible backlash to the game. Nothing seems to be safe from scrutiny; from a lack of core gameplay features like scoreboards and in-game VOIP, to the removal of the traditional class system. It has (sadly) earned the status as one of the worst reviewed games on Steam.
The list has some surprises.
To the dismay of many online, the top spots are filled by Fortnite and Call of Duty: Warzone at #1 and #2, respectively. Call of Duty: Vanguard and Call of Duty: Cold War come in at #13 and #14. Another surprise at #47 is Black Ops 3, making an appearance among titles like Star Wars Battlefront II. If you remember, Star Wars Battlefront II had it’s support pulled so DICE could work on Battlefield 2042. This list also takes into account services like Xbox Game Pass and EA Play. Yes, we don’t have any idea of how the game is doing on platforms like Origin or PlayStation, but if the recent F2P rumor and player numbers from Steam are anything to go by, then it’s hard to imagine the situation is any better.
Steam player counts tell a similar story.
A quick look at Steam player counts – via Steam Charts – comparing Battlefield 2042 to Black Ops III tells a shocking story.
Current player counts may fluctuate throughout the course of a day, but the 24 hour peak is concerning. With rumors circulating about Battlefield 2042’s move to a F2P model, it seems moot since player retention is so poor that even those who bought the game aren’t sticking with it. With Battlefield 2042 losing more than 60% of it’s Steam player base since December, it’s future seems to be a rocky one.
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