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EA CEO responds to calls for Battlefield 2042 to add free-to-play mode

EA’s CEO has addressed Battlefield 2042’s lack of a free-to-play mode after criticism from players and fans.

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Battlefield 2042 was expected to have some kind of free-to-play mode to help it compete with rival shooters, but at the moment it doesn’t. EA’s CEO & Director has now addressed Battlefield 2042’s lack of a free-to-play mode and discussed future plans.

There is no saying that Battlefield 2042 had to come with a free-to-play mode on release, but given how competitive the shooter market is at the moment, it’s understandable why fans might have thought this.

After all, Call of Duty: Warzone is free, Apex Legends is free, Fortnite is free, and even Halo Infinite’s online multiplayer is going to be free. Despite this, Battlefield 2042 has no plans to have a free-to-play mode to entice new players anytime soon.

EA’s CEO & Director Andrew Wilson has now explained EA’s stance on the matter, offering some insight as to why this is.

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During EA’s Q2 2022 Earnings Call on November 3, 2021, an unidentified analyst posed the question: “You’ve talked about there being a strong free-to-play component within Battlefield ultimately. So I guess, putting aside the mobile extension, do you have a better sense of what that might look like now? Or do you need to see the engagement with the
various game modes, I guess, post launch?”

It seemed like for a period of time that EA was keeping the details of the new Hazard Zone mode wrapped up as it was going to be a free-to-play reveal, but that didn’t turn out to be the case.

Andrew Wilson explained: “I think when we look at our Battleford [sic] franchise today, we’ve acknowledged that it probably makes sense to have a free-to-play component to that overall ecosystem in the future. Job number one was truly a reinvention of the action shooter category. And I think that’s what they have sought to do.

“And that’s what they’ve achieved through this 128 player multiplayer giant expansion, more deep engagement in creativity through portal mode and innovative new modes in and around the game. I think the next phase of that is going to be the launch of the Battlefield mobile title.

“And then as we continue to expand that — and that in and of itself will serve tens of millions of players. I think as we then think about further expanding the play those over time, free-to-play will make sense for the franchise, but it’s not the focus right now.”

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Judging by these comments, it seems like EA does have plans to incorporate some kind of free-to-play element in Battlefield at some point, but not in the foreseeable future.

Mr Wilson’s words would suggest that Battlefield 2042’s launch on November 19, 2021, and then Battlefield Mobile will be the core focus moving forward, and once these footholds are established, then the free-to-play element will be next on the list.

What it will be remains to be seen. It could be a possible Battlefield battle royale mode, or it could be another new mode that will innovate in the way that Hazard Zone and Battlefield Portal aim to do.


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Dr Disrespect enjoying Battlefield 2042 thanks to new update

Battlefield 2042’s first season has had great reception since it was released, with Dr Disrespect loving the brand-new map and update.

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Popular streamer Guy Beahm, aka ‘Dr Disrespect’, has been enjoying the new Battlefield 2042 update and map, claiming it’s the best thing to happen to the franchise in years.

Battlefield 2042’s Season 1 update dropped on June 9, and despite a rough launch for the game, the new update is starting to turn heads and gain popularity.

The Battlefield 2042 Season 1 patch didn’t just fix a bunch of the issues players were having with the game, it also introduced some great new content such as the new map, Exposure, which players are loving.

Dr Disrespect seems to share the same opinion, recently enjoying the game on stream.

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Battlefield 2042 got off to a rough start when it launched back in November 2021. Players were disappointed with the lack of content, as well as being disappointed with the number of bugs and issues the game had.

One major issue the community had was with the map design, but thankfully, the new update has brought a map that everyone seems to be enjoying, even Dr Disrespect, who is often openly critical of the franchise.

While streaming Battlefield 2042 on June 17, 2022, Dr Disrespect stated that the new map Exposure is “the best thing to happen to Battlefield in years”.

The Doc applauds the devs for the new update and map, saying “finally, a good decision,” as it seems he too was disappointed with some of the choices that were made by the dev team.

Battlefield 2042 has undergone a lot of change since its release, and many weren’t happy with decisions like the removal of the Scoreboard, which has now been brought back. With that being said, it seems the devs are dedicated to improving the experience in Battlefield 2042.

It’s great to see many enjoying the new map and giving Battlefield 2042 another chance, especially as the devs have been hard at work to make the game better for players.


Despite the love for Battlefield 2042’s first season, CoD fans believe Modern Warfare 2 could kill off the franchise for good.

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CoD players explain how Modern Warfare 2 can kill off Battlefield for good

With Ground War returning in Modern Warfare 2, players are hoping Infinity Ward go all out to beat Battlefield at its own game.

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Ground War, CoD’s large-scale mode, will return in Modern Warfare 2. Originally criticized for failing to capture what made Battlefield so great, players explained how MW2’s Ground War will succeed where Battlefield 2042 failed.

Ground War arrived in Modern Warfare 2019, using Verdansk’s POIs as huge playspaces for a large-scale Conquest-like game mode. While players enjoyed Ground War, many felt that it failed to capture the squad play, vehicle balance, and map flow that made Battlefield so popular.

However, the way gamers think about the Battlefield franchise has completely changed since then, with Battlefield 2042 failing at almost every hurdle. Luckily, Ground War returns in Modern Warfare 2 and those let down by 2042 hope that Infinity Ward go all out and try to use Ground War to “put the nail in the coffin” for Battlefield.

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Reddit user Spartacus_115 kicked off the discussion by saying that Infinity Ward need to make changes to Ground War when it returns in Modern Warfare 2. They explained that the biggest issue it had was the objective placements and shape of the maps, which they felt were too linear.

For Modern Warfare 2, they want to see the objective positions wider, spread out, and circular, allowing for flanking routes and strategy. Many users brought up MW2019’s Promenade as an example of what they don’t want to see, where the action takes place in a long street without any opportunity for flanking.

CoD players also hope to see tighter squad play, multiple game modes, fewer sniping positions, and a better vehicle to infantry balance  – all aspects of the best Battlefield games.

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Many Battlefield players moved over to CoD between Battlefield V and 2042, and the latest entry did nothing to bring them back. These ex-Battlefield players are especially hoping that Modern Warfare 2’s Ground War will be a success.

“As a Battlefield refugee I truly hope they go all in and try to put the nail in the coffin for Battlefield,” said jamslfc. “I hate to say it but same,” replied SPYDER0416, explaining that they’ve been “dying for a good Battlefield-esque experience.”

Another user said that “even if it doesn’t necessarily kill Battlefield off it could finally be a big fat wake-up call,” but they had their doubts.


For more on Modern Warfare 2, be sure to check out whether it’ll launch on Game Pass and everything we know about the campaign.

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Battlefield 2042 players actually love Season 1’s new Exposure map

DICE looked to get Battlefield 2042 back on track with the Season 1 update, and player actually love the new Exposure map.

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Although Battlefield 2042 didn’t live up to the community’s expectations, players are absolutely loving Season 1’s new Exposure map.

Over six months after launch, Battlefield 2042 Season 1 finally arrived on June 9. Bringing a Battle Pass, another Specialist, and a new map, some were disappointed with the lack of content.

Even though they don’t feel the game’s main issues have been fixed, players are loving the new Exposure map, calling it not just the best map in Battlefield 2042, but one of DICE’s best in years.

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Exposure takes place in the Canadian Rockies, with the action taking place across three levels of elevation. The Battlefield 2042 subreddit has been extremely critical of the game but is actually full of love for Exposure, with a ton of players singing its praises.

Although huge 128-player battles were a major part of Battlefield 2042’s marketing, many players felt it was far too chaotic, especially when 64 players were trying to run across an open field.

Reddit user Sardunos said that “Exposure is absolutely the correct sized map for 128 players,” explaining that “it has the pacing of the 64 player maps” but with a ton of variation.

“The new map is honestly one of the best maps DICE has put out in years,” claimed Tech_Rise, with Odisseo76 calling it one of the best maps they’ve ever played in a shooter, not just in Battlefield.

MrLuBert continued the sentiment, explaining: “It’s not just better than the other maps, it’s a very, very good map. Worthy of being in any BF title.”

These are only a few of the hundreds of comments where players showed their love for DICE’s latest creation. However, with so many players returning for Season 1, they feel Exposure “really exposes how sh*tty the maps on release were.”


Battlefield 2042 Season 2 isn’t expected until September, but Warzone Season 4 and perhaps Modern Warfare 2’s beta will release in the meantime.

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