It looks like the additional away we get from the launch of the newest (and doubtlessly closing) season of Battlefield 2042, the extra the multiplayer shooter proves its greatest days will not be behind it.
This latest rise in participant curiosity kicked off proper on the launch of Darkish Creations, the sport's sixth season. It was all properly tied to a free weekend on all platforms, and steep reductions all over the place.
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All of that was sufficient for Battlefield 2042 to have considered one of its largest weekends ever, almost two entire years after launch. Whereas many (myself included) have been sceptical that the sport may maintain that momentum after the conclusion of free entry, issues solely received higher!
Battlefield 2042 not solely managed to keep up its participant base (on Steam, a minimum of) after the weekend, it has now formally set a brand new concurrent participant document on Steam.
As seen on SteamDB, a brand new all-time peak concurrent of 107,376 gamers was achieved simply three days in the past, which is greater than its earlier 105,397 peak concurrent, set at launch in November, 2021. It isn't a large soar, but it surely's already means higher than anybody may've anticipated.
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All of that's effectively and good, in fact, however my solely subject with it's that a lot of these persons are at the moment spending a whole lot of their playtime in Redacted, the brand new Season 6 map. As the newest map, Redacted has its personal devoted playlist proper on the Battlefield 2042 homepage. The very first thing you see if you wish to begin taking part in is Redacted, and that is what you are doubtless going to click on on.
Redacted is an infantry-only, close-quarters map. It is a part of what I prefer to name the Operation Hall style. It began, in fact, with Operation Metro in Battlefield 3. The recognition of that map was so immense that it was not solely introduced again in Battlefield 4 (and Battlefield 5), it impressed DICE to create Operation Locker – a barely completely different tackle the identical idea.
Battlefield 2042 by no means fairly had its personal meatgrinder, hall map – till the discharge of Redacted. And, I imply, simply take a look at this:
Yeah… that is a protracted hall! | Picture credit score: EA, DICE.
Lengthy-time Battlefield gamers – and by extension, DICE – are all keenly conscious of why these maps are common. For one factor, they provide essentially the most environment friendly solution to rapidly grind character ranges, unlocks, and weapon development. It is all pretty simple: numerous gamers crammed in several small areas means extra alternatives for fight, which interprets to quicker XP positive aspects.
In addition they handle the wants of some within the Battlefield group, who've one way or the other developed an aversion to the mixed arms fight and large-scale the collection was constructed on. Battlefield 2042 solely acquired six post-launch maps, making it all of the extra disheartening to see one spot be taken by one other Metro/Locker clone.
Oh effectively, a minimum of persons are spending time with Battlefield 2042, quite than pointing at it and laughing. I simply want they may see, effectively, what units Battlefield aside from most shooters.