EA is trying to mitigate the damage after an industry insider said that Battlefield 2042 has been downgraded to a “skeleton squad” to focus on the next installment in the series.
Jeff Grubb spilled the Battlefield 2042 beans on his Giant Bomb show Grubbsnax. According to Grubb, the game has been left with a barebones development team tasked with producing the promised seasonal content as quickly and cheaply as possible.
But EA has weighed in to say that’s definitely not the case. Meanwhile, the Battlefield Season 1 content comes out today with a single map, a new weapon, a specialist and two helicopters. Which definitely upset fans’ feathers – just check out the posts on the subreddit (opens in new tab)†
“This game is actually down to a skeleton crew,” Grubb said (via VGC (opens in new tab)† “It comes down to liking the bare bones and those people specifically only working on the promised extra seasons that the game needs to meet the requirements of the high-end version it sold.”
Grubb colorfully describes the current state of development as “abandon ship time”. He adds that “the skeleton crew is working to pump that stuff out as quickly and as cheaply as possible.”
On GrubbSnax today, I mentioned that Battlefield is down to a Skeleton Squad trying to fulfill its DLC obligations. EA has been contacted to say this is not true. pic.twitter.com/Wpj79d9pMMJune 8, 2022
Apparently EA is already turning its attention to the next game in the Battlefield franchise, leaving this small team with all four seasons of live service content expected to decline throughout the year.
“They are doing this to get everyone to the new Battlefield as quickly as possible. The real core Battlefield dev team is already working on [the next title]†
EA has responded to Grubb’s claims, calling them “false” in a statement he shared on Twitter (opens in new tab)† The publisher says there is a “significant team in different studios” working on Battlefield 2042. The developers are reportedly working on “developing and improving the Battlefield 2042 experience for all players.”
If EA wants people to accept that rule, we’d better launch some timely and decent seasonal content soon. Because right now, the current content doesn’t do it very convincingly on its own.