In a not-so-surprising turn of events, the long-awaited Battlefield 2042 has thrown itself into a chorus of boos. The EA DICE title currently has a mostly negative review score on Steam, with only 22% of gamers approving it at the time of writing. And yet, despite the strong disapproval expressed by the franchise’s fanbase, Battlefield 2042 isn’t struggling with player count, currently. balancing over 100,000 concurrent players.
In fact, Battlefield 2042 is among the top 10 games on Steam in number of active players. Since it was officially released worldwide about 12 hours ago, the game has not dropped in its concurrent player count. It ranks ahead of powerhouses like Halo Infinite, Warframe, Team Fortress 2, Rust, and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, despite being more expensive than each of them. Battlefield 2042 also has a higher player count on launch day than any other Battlefield game released on Steam to date it has been at the height of its popularity.
It’s unclear what the future holds for Battlefield 2042. The game has been widely criticized as a huge step back for the franchise by veteran players, but it’s undeniable that it’s selling well. The live service model and its willingness to try new things may see Battlefield 2042 finally be accepted by the countless players who don’t like it but can’t stop playing it right now.