EA acknowledges Battlefield 2042 failure with Town Hall post-mortem


By Tom Henderson February 15, 2022

EA has finally acknowledged the disappointing launch of Battlefield 2042 in its latest internal 'Town Hall' meeting call, held today, February 15.

One of the biggest takeaways from the call held today was the huge focus on Battlefield 2042. EA execs spent over 20 minutes discussing what went wrong with the launch.

Laura Miele, EA's Chief Studios Officer, led the discussion on Battlefield 2042 by acknowledging EA's wider successes, both past and present, but said "it's really important to acknowledge when we have misses."

"This is certainly the case with the Battlefield launch, which failed to meet the expectations of our players, and also clearly missed our own expectations."

One factor for the poor launch was the Frostbite engine and, due to its old tech, the massive update it went through in order to power Battlefield 2042. 

Another major reason for the failure of Battlefield 2042 put forward by management is the work from home environment that many in the industry are currently faced with. 

After the Battlefield Beta last summer, EA received a lot of feedback concerning bugs and unpolished areas of the experience, however there was also a substantial amount of positive feedback from players. 

It was revealed that Battlefield 2042's bug count ratio got to "historic levels for a DICE game" and mock reviews prior to launch were in the "high 70s to low 80s."

However, according to EA, things took a turn, and that turn was the release of Halo: Infinite multiplayer.

The comparison between both games was not favourable because Halo Infinite was a very polished title whereas Battlefield 2042 contained bugs and wasn't as polished.

The game's poor Steam reviews were put down to PC players having a performance cap, which players on Steam found "upsetting".

Nonetheless, Battlefield 2042 seems to be in good hands moving forwards. Byron Beede, Rebecka Coutaz, Christian Grass, Marcus Lehto, and Vince Zampella are strong leaders.

But actions speak louder than words and a lot is riding on Battlefield 2042's Season 1.