The remastered GTA trilogy isn’t the only high-profile version that could have done it with a little more time in the oven. Battlefield 2042 won’t technically be available until November 19, but it’s already getting criticism from those with early access (via pre-orders for the Gold and Ultimate versions, and EA Access members) for delivering a generally unsatisfactory experience.
As is now the norm for player protests, Metacritic user scores are the outlet for player frustration with, at the time of writing, scores of 4.1, 2.6 and 2.5 for the PS5, PC and Xbox Series X versions respectively.
While none of these are exactly stellar, the score on the latter may be especially low due to a worrisome bug on Xbox Series X.
On a thread with over 300 responses on EA’s site, dozens of gamers report their consoles shutting down completely. Not kicked to the board with an error message; the console actually shuts down. There seems to be no rhyme or reason for the clash, as it sometimes happens immediately and sometimes towards the end of a match.
EA finally responded on Saturday, stating that it “is aware that some Battlefield 2042 players on Xbox Series X experience a total console freeze during gameplay.” The same issue, apparently, also affects FIFA, Madden, and NBA2K players.
Confusingly, EA said it will issue an “optional update” to fix the bug on November 17, and that it will be mandatory on November 23. Why there must be a six-day gap between the two, especially when the full game is released to the world in between, is not something the company addressed.
To add more confusion to the mix, Microsoft added that “you can now download this update on OMEGA Ring as part of the Xbox Insider Program.” The post was ambiguous as to whether it was the same patch, but if it is, then it hasn’t worked for many players who have applied it and are still experiencing system glitches.
Regardless of how you paint it, this is not a good look for EA. Players paid more for the Gold and Ultimate editions of Battlefield 2042 in part due to the ability to play the game a week earlier than others. If a bug is preventing Xbox Series X players from enjoying the game until November 17, then they have actually been given two days of early access, instead of the seven they thought they were paying for. And that’s assuming the patch works as advertised.
There is a certain amount of goodwill that comes from pre-ordering a game. For many of the players affected by this, it may well be a case of ‘once bitten, twice shy’.
At the very least, the live broadcast of the Xbox anniversary celebration is expected to satisfy veteran gamers.