A rough launch for Battlefield 2042 has seen it become one of the worst-reviewed games on Steam in a little over a week. News of the game’s poorly-received start to life comes despite it also being one of the platform’s most-played titles since its launch.
According to data published by Steam 250’s Hall of Shame, which ranks the worst-reviewed games of all time on the platform, the EA shooter is currently experiencing a pretty dismal launch as far as user reviews are concerned.
Currently ranked as the ninth worst-reviewed game of all time on the platform, Battlefield 2042 has seen over 30,000 of its 42,000 reviews on the platform come back negative. Despite the poor reviews, however, there are still plenty of people playing the game.
According to SteamDB, Battlefield 2042 is currently ranked second only to Halo Infinite for trending games across the last seven days and for peak player counts across the last 24 hours. The EA shooter also ranks 89th in the platform’s rankings for highest peak concurrent players of all time, while its beta ranks 54th.
Users posting negative reviews for the game cite a number of reasons, spanning both gameplay aspects and a lack of overall features in the game. While many fans have vented their frustrations on Steam, one member of the community recently went to Reddit in order to show how many of Battlefield’s normal features seemed to be missing in 2042. The full list was pretty long though some noteworthy inclusions mentioned the likes of technical issues, a lack of content where guns and vehicles are concerned, and changes to the game’s class system.
Amid the bad reviews and negative feedback, Dice has continued to make a number of changes to the game in order to improve player experiences. As per the tweet below, last week, the developer launched an update to the game that it says will help to “improve the smoothness of the experience on servers” moving forward.
We’re pleased to see that the release of yesterday’s update has helped to improve the smoothness of the experience on servers these past twenty four hours 💪 #Battlefield2042
Here’s some insight on upcoming changes that we’re looking to make with our next update 🧵👀 pic.twitter.com/I11cjVZD0V
— Battlefield Direct Communication (@BattlefieldComm) November 19, 2021
Despite Battlefield 2042’s turbulent start to life, at least it hasn’t seen a launch quite as bad as the of Konami’s eFootball. The free-to-play soccer simulator launched with a range of issues earlier this year, leading it straight to the top of the Hall of Shame’s worst-reviewed games of all time.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.