Battlefield 2042’s empty servers look like the death knell for a game on the ropes.
It was supposed to be the glorious return of a franchise that had struggled to capture the imagination in recent years, but it’s looking more and more like Battlefield 2042 is a new low-point for the series.
At launch – and since – the game has come under fire; with a lack of core Battlefield features (I mean really, no scoreboard or voice chat?), poor performance, and numerous game-breaking bugs being the most stunning criticisms.
All of which has been compounded by the increasingly long queue times players are suffering. Leading some to suggest that Battlefield 2042 could signal the death of the franchise.
Now, it looks like the game is reaching crisis point, as players are reporting that servers are simply lying empty.
Battlefield 2042’s Empty Servers Mean Players Can’t Find A Game
News that Battlefield 2042 is increasingly played only by bots is not new, but it appears the situation is getting worse, with players now claiming they can’t find any populated servers.
This comes after calls to save the game by making it free-to-play, a move not everyone who forked over full-price for the game a couple of months ago is in agreement with.
A recent thread on the official Battlefield 2042 subreddit, a place even the game’s own developers are reluctant to look, has highlighted how low the server population has gotten and how badly shortchanged the player base feels.
Upvoted by over 2000 people, the title reads:
“I literally paid $120 for a game I can’t really play. Servers are empty.”
“I am deeply sad to see my favorite franchise go to s**t,” wrote the Reddit user. “I don’t wish this upon any other title out there.
“It’s truly heartbreaking.”
The raw player numbers back up this assertion. While we can only get figures for Steam, the downward trend is stark.
From a peak of 105K concurrent players on launch day, the game now averages around 7K. Last weekend (weekends being traditionally the most active time for games) Battlefield 2042 failed to break the 10K mark.
To put those figures into perspective. That amounts to less than half the players present on Battlefield V, the previous entry to the franchise. It gets worse, as even 2016’s Battlefield 1 has managed to best the latest game.
Here’s how the numbers looked for the last seven days, courtesy of SteamDB.
With some now claiming servers are failing to populate with bots, there’s very little to do in the multiplayer-only shooter.
What Now for Battlefield 2042?
Whether the game has a future or not is uncertain. DICE is still actively communicating with the player base and released an update last week that made further improvements to the scoreboard.
Voice chat functionality is also on the way, but by the time it comes out will there be anyone to actually talk to?
Especially if it’s true that any forthcoming improvements will “take some time”. Words which were spoken by Battlefield’s new Game Director, Marcus Lehto, at the start of the year.
Lehto wasn’t present for much of Battlefield 2042’s development, but with many feeling that the latest title should be consigned to the scrap heap, how much time do you realistically spend on it?