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Battlefield V briefly surpassed Battlefield 2042's player count on Steam

Battlefield V, released in 2018, had more concurrent players than Battlefield 2042 during peak hours on Christmas Eve of 2021.
Battlefield V briefly surpassed Battlefield 2042's player count on Steam
Battlefield 2042, the latest entry in one of the most popular FPS series of all time, continues to impress with the numbers, but unfortunately, those numbers are not the good ones. After being bested by Farming Simulator just weeks after release, Battlefield 2042 has now hit a new low on Steam.

The Christmas holidays have just started, and gamers are spending their well deserved free time playing their favourite games. And when it comes to the Battlefield community, one would think that most of them will play the newest game, right?

Well, that wasn't the case today, on Christmas Eve, at least not on Steam according to Steam Charts. During peak hours Battlefield V had several thousand more players than Battlefield 2042.

Battlefield 2042 peaked today at ~19,000 concurrent players, while Battlefield V peaked at ~23,000 concurrents.

Although this lasted just a couple of hours, it is still another sign of how badly the game has struggled post-launch.

Expectations for Battlefield 2042 were enormous, both among fans and for EA and DICE as well, as all involved parties hoped for it to become a smashing hit that will bring the Battlefield franchise back where it belongs - to the very top.

Battlefield V briefly surpassed Battlefield 2042's player count on Steam
DICE will need to do a lot of work in order to bring Battlefield 2042 to the level players expect it to be. (Picture: DICE)

Unfortunately, that didn't happen and instead, Battlefield 2042 was plagued by bugs, server issues, questionable design choices, and omission of many features beloved by fans, and which are considered inseparable parts of the Battlefield experience.

And while DICE continues to actively work on fixing the game with patches, many core issues are still there, and the game will need to undergo huge changes to remedy the situation. Currently, all eyes are on Battlefield 2042 Season 1, as many are hoping that DICE will make the first big steps towards fixing the game with Season 1 content.

Battlefield V briefly surpassed Battlefield 2042's player count on Steam
Battlefield V was also considered a bad game at launch, but now it's praised by many fans. (Picture: DICE)

And while this is definitely not a good look for DICE and Battlefield 2042, it should also be noted that Battlefield V was also deemed a disaster at launch, but DICE eventually managed to fix the game and now is considered to be one of the better Battlefield games from the last decade.

This means that there's hope for Battlefield 2042 if DICE makes the right moves and bring proper changes in a timely manner.

 

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Featured image courtesy of Electronic Arts / NexaTerra Tech.