On September 10, 2002, publishers Electronic Arts and a relatively unknown developer called DICE released a multiplayer shooter Call Battlefield 1942. In the twenty years that have passed since everyone who participated in this journey was in one hell.
The game, which not only involved infantry, but also allowed players to control vehicles, was noteworthy for its size and variety; I avoid pretty much every other online shooter game – I’m talking Call of duty And the counter strikerestricted to pedestrians only—Like the plague, but they always played battlefield Because I like the way it allows me to appear as a sniper, and kill and then think, you know, I’m going to drive a tank after that, and maybe drive a fighter after that.
In 20 years, the series has changed a lot. Number of players increased—2042 It has maps that support 128 maps at a time, which has problems but is also amazing – while the setting has moved to VietnamWorld War I, the distant future and back again. There were games Where you play a policeman instead of a soldierand episodic games that were heavy on the story. And that’s just battlefield series; DICE also released two versions at that time star Wars Existing games battlefield In everything but the name.
However it has not changed at all. From Battlefield 1942 to me Battlefield 2042The basic premise of each game has remained, to a large extent The same. Two teams fight over a large map, trying to seize control points and kill the players on the other side. You can use a variety of infantry weapons, or you can sit behind the wheel of a vehicle, some of these vehicles are slow and carry passengers, others are fast and don’t.
Every game has its problems, some technical and some design, and every game has pissed off some veterans Fans while attracting new players. As I mentioned in my 2042 reconsideringa battlefield A game experiencing poor playback and then recovering via patches and updates is almost a meme at this point, and it’s something we’re experiencing in real time again. as such 2042 Slowly recovering from his disastrous release.
On an occasion like this it’s natural to look back on the series and remember the good times—something DICE have marked this week with…free goodies for 2042 players—but 2042’s woes and the direction the series is headed in have also been cause for concern with players when it comes to Battlefield’s future.
Battlefield games were for the longest time seen as standalone video games, which you bought, played for a few years then moved on from when the next one came out. It’s clear now though, in this age of season passes andlive service games—that DICE (or maybe just EA’s publisher masters) see a slightly different path battlefield, one where the games are kept alive for years while fans are encouraged to constantly spend on things like expansions and cosmetic content. boost when viewed as part of similar The industry moves across games and other genreshas become both stressful and controversial many players.
It’s not like the series itself is under threat; In fact, it was only last week when EA announced That a whole new studio is working on a whole new studio battlefield “expertise”while also tweeting that theyAll in the future of Battlefield! “.But it’s still a worrying trend, and it’s one that people are really worried about what’s next battlefield It might look like the game.
I don’t know if anyone has figured out back in 2002 that this series will continue to appear in 2022. I’m sure no one can see it The twists and turns it has taken in the decades since. So any attempt to predict the future battlefield It would probably be useless.
Perhaps seasons and cosmetic micro-transactions are driving the chain into the dirt. Maybe DICE will learn lessons from the things people hate 2042—Not bugs or things that can be fixed, but the core driven by the economy Decisions such as entering S.Specialists – and compensation with the next match. Who knows! We can’t help but wait and see, just like we’ve been doing for the past two years.
In the meantime, I’ll be spending some time today playing 2021 Battlefield 2042 So that I can enjoy a new version of Map (Caspian Sea Boundaries) from the year 2011 Battlefield 3And it’s the most appropriate 20th anniversary celebration I can think of.