Is Battlefield 2042 Free-to-Play?

The free-to-play manner of the game is a risky action. A developer refuses to claim the potential money from each purchase and hopes for the game’s success. Only an interesting game makes a player donate and buy skins and boosters. The rumors about the Battlefield 2042 free-to-play principle have started right after its release. Today, we will try to guess where the truth is and pick the main pros and cons of wishing for the free-to-play environment in Battlefield 2042.

 

Why Is It Impossible?

There are several reasons for that. The first one is the developer and producer companies, Dice and EA, correspondingly. For a person familiar with EA, the phrase “an EA free-to-play game” sounds more like a joke. 

Indeed, who will expect the company to sell all DLC for a game with a price twice larger than the game itself (Sims 4)? Who will expect a company that sells a new game with the same gameplay features and graphics each ear (FIFA) to launch something in the free-to-play model? 

Finally, what developer will release the “best game in the franchise” with the free-to-play mode when all the previous games were sold with AAA prices (Battlefield)? The EA has always relied on the most devoted fans and players. Its mass audience will pay the full price for another FIFA release, mostly because it is a new FIFA release, but now a game with new features. 

The situation is slightly better with the Battlefield series, where they change at least the main settings. Battlefield V was a big experiment when it came to character classes and specializations. Battlefield 2042 gameplay, unfortunately, seems to scale the gameplay and its drawbacks dramatically. 

Another reason not to think about the free-to-play in Battlefield 2042 is the poor game design. For a command shooter, Battlefield 2042 appeared to be pretty boring. The level design suggests the same patterns for almost every location: a few gigantic objects and lots of desolate space, where a unit cannot survive tanks, snipers, or helicopters. The weapon balance (let us remind that there are only 22 kinds of weapons in this AAA command shooter) is spoiled. 

All the machine guns and assault rifles lose the competition to submachine weapons, which hit on almost every distance. Sniper rifles are useless when you have a semi-automatic sniper rifle. The weapon balance is the essential feature for all free-to-play shooters, where every player can find their niche. 

 

Is There Hope For The Free-to-Play Mode?

On the other hand, the latest Battlefield 2042 news can let EA make crucial decisions. To be honest, the game did not please even the most loyal audience. The Steam statistics broke an anti-record in the whole Battlefield series. The incomes from sales did not calm EA down either. 

So, the rumors about possible free-to-play mode took place. The latest report revealed that EA was disappointed with the game and was eager to increase the audience. The only thing that is certain is that the EA is likely to open some modes of Battlefield 2042 for public access. Let us analyze each of them:

• All-out-Warfare is the main mode in the game. It is not likely to get free, as it would make the entire game free. The EA will never do it. 

Hazard Zone is the battle royale mode for 32 players. Currently, it loses its main competitors Apex Legends, Fortnite, PUBG) in the number of classes, maps, and players supported simultaneously. 

• Hazard Zone requires more upgrades, so its free-to-play mode will be a huge investment with unclear outcomes. 

• On the other hand, the Portal, a customizable game mode, can become a new word in the multiplayer shooter sphere. DICE has already made a lot of content for it, and it has the number one priority in future updates.

We would bet on the last game mode as a possible free-to-play access zone for players. We were answering the initial question of the post. Battlefield 2042 is not a free-to-play game at the moment. It will not become free tomorrow. However, the EA seems to be ready to do the experiment.

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