Battlefield 2042 might be in trouble as the game’s Portal Mode appears to be suffering from a low player count already.
It’s been a difficult few weeks for Battlefield fans. After extensive marketing, leaks, and hype, Battlefield 2042 finally released in early access on November 12.
After that, we saw the game fully launch on November 19, and Battlefield 2042’s second major update just went live this week. It’s definitely been a rocky launch period though, and fans aren’t happy with the state of the game right now.
We’re still getting major hit registration issues with Battlefield 2042, something that’s impacting the enjoyment of the game significantly.
And what’s more, there’s a new Battlefield 2042 invisibility glitch that’s making enemies completely impossible to kill.
But even issues like that don’t affect the core gameplay, which just isn’t what fans were expecting. Now, it seems that Battlefield 2042’s Portal Mode is also in trouble.
Battlefield Portal Has Low Player Count Just Weeks After Launch
It seems that Battlefield 2042 Portal mode could be dying, with a low player count only weeks after launch.
Battlefield Portal allows players to choose how they want to experience Battlefield 2042. You can return to Battlefield 3 or Bad Company, pit an army of tanks against robot dogs, or fight against the future with WW2 technology.
The sky is the limit with DICE’s powerful new game mode, and yet it appears that its player count is already dropping.
Recently, players dubbed Battlefield 2042’s Hazard Zone as being “already dead” when the mode wasn’t able to find a match easily. Now it seems that Battlefield Portal could be suffering a similar fate.
A popular post on the Battlefield 2042 subreddit discusses the low player count of Portal mode. It appears that many servers are almost devoid of players in regions such as Europe, even in peak hours.
Battlefield Portal Needs XP & Progression Back
Players attribute this change to EA removing the XP from Portal Mode to prevent bot farming. It appears that this change may have done more harm than good.
“It’s a real shame DICE is killing Portal by not allowing us proper progression like they promised, Reddit user dkb_wow writes. “I understand the bot farm servers are an issue. But don’t punish the rest of us just because a few people want to level up faster than DICE wants them to.”
When we looked at servers from our location in the UK (pictured above) it seems that player count has definitely fallen from its rammed launch period. Back then, Battlefield 2042 fans couldn’t even make their own Portal servers because the mode was overloaded with players.
However, although it’s a weekend at the time of writing, these aren’t peak hours and there are still at least a handful of servers with decent player counts. Hopefully, DICE is able to make some fixes and bring players back to what could be the best Battlefield mode we’ve had in years.
And when it comes to standard matchmaking, Battlefield 2042 fans are demanding smaller player counts, in order to fix game issues! On top of that, these essential changes need to happen to Battlefield maps.
But right now, leaks suggest that Battlefield 2042’s content updates are being delayed to fix bugs.
Meanwhile, Battlefield 2042 just hit 40,000 mostly negative reviews on Steam… EA and DICE only have a limited time to get things under control before fans move on.