We’ve all seen what kind of mess Battlefield 2042 has become over the past year. Inconsistent updates, a limited play window for newcomers, problematic gameplay, visual issues…you name it, and it’s likely to have happened within the game.
EA’s still trying to figure out how to make things right with it – and its best option may lie ahead. According to a few online reports, Battlefield 2042 could be announced for Xbox Game
Pass any day now – possibly even debuting sometime this week. While neither EA nor Xbox have confirmed this news, it looks very likely, especially considering the companies’ partnership with EA Play.
Would this move be beneficial for turning around the woes of Battlefield 2042? Well, it certainly couldn’t hurt.
It Should’ve Been Free To Play In the First Place
Let’s just get it out there right now. Anyone that paid $60 for Battlefield 2042 paid too damn much. Heck, if you paid $30 you still got ripped off. That’s because it doesn’t feel like a
complete experience to begin with, but rather just a multiplayer one that isn’t fully put together. That’s not to say you can’t have fun with it, as some Battlefield veterans, surprisingly enough, are. But there’s a lot of hill to overcome here.
By offering it on Xbox Game Pass, there’s a good chance that players can discover what it’s worth without having to fork over a ridiculous amount of moolah to figure that out. And who knows, with a potential new update to go along with its debut, it might just keep several of these players and build to something greater. Granted, that won’t stop EA from going to a new Battlefield game, but a little bit of success sure beats none.
Not to mention what Xbox Game Pass has done with prior AAA releases. Look at what it did for Square Enix’s Marvel’s Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. Both have seen significant audience increases since debuting on the service, so Battlefield 2042 could attract a similar group. That has yet to be seen, but, again, it couldn’t hurt its chances.
Why Stop There?
For good measure, EA could certainly keep the success of Battlefield 2042 buoyant by actually making it free on another platform. By that, I mean potentially introducing it as part of Sony’s revamped PlayStation Plus service when it debuts this June.
Sure, it would likely hit EA Play first sometime this month on the PS4 and PS5, just to give that audience a little something to come by. But why stop there? Why not introduce another platform where players could discover what they may have missed out on by refusing to pay full price? And, again, with an update in tow, it could be just the thing to attract a much larger
crowd. EA could find the pivot it’s looking for simply by making it the free-to-play title it needed to be at the start.
That Just Leaves PC…
Finally, there’s the one other platform – PC. As part of Xbox Game Pass, there’s a good chance that the game could be accessible on PC as well, that way. But what about others?
Well, with EA Play, Electronic Arts could offer the game as part of the service, as we’ve mentioned with the consoles above. Going full-on free isn’t likely to happen with this particular platform, but going with some sort of subscription service would make it a little easier to enjoy the game, without having to put a single dollar down on it.
Whatever EA Decides To Do, It Better Do It Fast
The bottom line is that if EA makes Battlefield 2042 happen on a free-to-play basis, it should do it as soon as possible. Interest in the game is clearly fading, and if they can’t establish a good audience for it beforehand, it could very well leave this Battlefield dark.
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