On Monday, the number of concurrent players of Battlefield 2042 on Steam reportedly fell below 1,000 for the first time. This follows from SteamCharts data discovered by user ResetEra. According to these data, earlier today only 979 people played the game at one time. It’s worth noting that SteamDB data for April 11 shows a concurrent player count of 1,637 right now.
Launching in November 2021, Battlefield 2042 has averaged 1,963 concurrent players over the past 30 days, according to SteamCharts. This is significantly lower than its predecessor, 2018’s Battlefield V, which averaged 11,585 concurrent players over the same period.
Launched in November 2021, Halo Infinite had an average of 5,767 concurrent players over the last 30 days.
In February, publisher Electronic Arts reportedly attributed some of Battlefield 2042’s difficulties to the unexpectedly early launch of the comparatively polished multiplayer game Halo Infinite.
Many fans didn’t like Battlefield 2042, with over 200,000 people even signing a petition asking EA to offer players an unconditional refund.
While acknowledging the game’s disappointing launch in February, EA CEO Andrew Wilson blamed factors such as “our teams have been working from home for nearly two years” and “unforeseen performance issues” that only became apparent after the game’s massive launch.
In a recent blog post, DICE also talked about how they changed their approach to Battlefield 2042 map design after the game’s disappointing launch. Based on player feedback, the company has identified five major design issues with the game’s existing maps, which it intends to improve over the coming months.
The company also revealed that new Battlefield 2042 maps being developed for a future release will be smaller in scale than existing maps.