Battlefield 2042: No Skeleton Crew Here

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Since it came out in October 2021, Battlefield 2042 from DICE has been through a lot. The game has fewer players than Battlefield V, so it has been through a lot of changes to try to turn things around. One of these changes is that future development for the Hazard Zone game mode is “winding down.”

Now, there are rumors that the game’s development is really being put on hold, which prompted EA to put out a statement denying that this is true.

What did EA have to say about it

Giant Bomb’s Jeff Grubb said on his GrubbSnax show about Battlefield 2042’s new seasons that “a skeleton crew is working to pump that stuff out (in) the fastest and cheapest way it possibly can”. He told fans to set their expectations very low for the content.

Grubb says that the reason for this is to “move everyone to the next Battlefield as quickly as possible. It’s abandon ship time” He also says that he thinks games like Battlefield 2042 can be saved, but he doesn’t blame EA if it wants to start over, using Anthem as an example. Grubb came to the conclusion, “There’s no right answer, obviously, but it’s not a good look”.

EA quickly sent Grubb a statement denying this, saying, “There is a significant team across studios focused on evolving and improving the Battlefield 2042 experience for our players, and at the heart of that is the team at DICE.”  They continued with: “We are committed to the future of Battlefield 2042, and our areas of focus for the game, based on what we have heard from our players, were laid out in our recent development update”.

This is the same development update from May, when the game’s Senior Producer Ryan McArthur and Creative Director Lars Gustavsson talked about other changes being made to the game.

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