Battlefield 2042 Subreddit Might Get Closed Due To Toxicity

Battlefield 2042 Subreddit Might Get Closed Due To Toxicity
Angry Battlefield 2042 gamers are out to blow up the entire subreddit. (Image: EA / DICE)

So look, no one likes a busted video game. It’s not fun to play and leads to all kinds of headaches for developers and players alike. But worse than a busted video game are Angry Gamers™ demanding studios miraculously fix shit immediately. The latest game plagued by both such problems and such players is DICE’s Battlefield 2042, which has had a rough go of it since its November 19 launch. The toxicity some players are inflicting on devs has gotten so egregious that the game’s subreddit is at risk of closing.

It all started when EA global director of integrated communications for shooters and Star Wars, Andy McNamara, expressed frustration at the community’s incessant demands in a since-deleted tweet. Some Battlefield 2042 fans wanted DICE to address the game’s myriad problems immediately, despite the studio taking some time off to enjoy the holidays, as anyone should. The expectations caused McNamara to tweet at the community that “people gotta rest” and though DICE loves its fanbase, “these expectations are brutal.” Cue the memes and mockery on Reddit and Twitter.

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One popular post on the Battlefield 2042 subreddit used shots from director Andy Fickman’s 2009 sci-fi action thriller Race to Witch Mountain. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is talking to AnnaSophia Robb in a car, with The Rock (embodying Battlefield 2042 players) saying he wants “the old Battlefield scoreboard, server browser content, and great maps.” Robb, apparently playing the role of EA and DICE, retorts those are “brutal expectations.”

There are plenty of posts like this all over the subreddit, essentially chastising McNamara, EA, and DICE for the “brutal expectations” the community has. Another one, an apparent repost, has a list of “missing, removed, and/or downgraded” features folks want in Battlefield 2042.

All of this mockery and toxicity has incensed the moderators. The subreddit’s top message swings like a cudgel on the community, with mods saying they will “do whatever it takes” to decrease the shittiness and vitriol. This includes either locking threads on a majority of posts or, much like Halo Infinite’s before it, shutting down the entire subreddit “for a period of time.” Of course, it doesn’t have to be that way, with mods also adding that they will leave the subreddit alone “if toxicity goes down.” In other words, the fate of the Battlefield 2042 subreddit is in the community’s hands.

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“It’s an understatement when we say that this subreddit has grown incredibly toxic,” the mods wrote. “It’s near impossible to have a simple discussion without insults being flung around at each other — and it’s really starting to harm the entire Battlefield community, and each of us that are part of it. […] The mods have an obligation to follow the rules set out by Reddit, and if we are found to be in breach of not enforcing them, or doing a poor job at enforcing them, we risk the community getting banned altogether.”

I get it. Battlefield 2042 has been broken for months. Certain buildings lack collision. Snipers are blowing up tanks faster than rockets. Hell, even hovercrafts have been destroying helicopters. The game’s a mess. It’s entirely understandable that players are frustrated with the state of a game they had high hopes for. But the approach of mocking developers and demanding that vast changes be implemented immediately while they’re trying to take a break and enjoy time with their families isn’t exactly cool, realistic, or appropriate. Hopefully things will cool off on the Battlefield subreddit as that subset of players causing all this trouble calms down and trusts that the game’s devs will do their best to make the game more playable in time.

[h/t: VG24/7]

Comments

  • It is nothing but a ghastly cesspool of disenfranchised and dissociated people who have lost the most fundamental processes of civility. That of course is the people who truly care about the game or issues, then there is the other half of the subreddit, those who are just there to troll. Those whose only purpose is to try and one up each other in nastiness, all in the name of ‘constructive feedback’.

  • Why is Reddit’s embedding so horrible? While possible that it’s a Nine Network quirk, I doubt it. What should just be a simple image ends up having a scroll bar, like the dozens of out of date government websites.

    “…the fate of the Battlefield 2042 subreddit is in the community’s hands.”

    Hardly. It’s in the hand of jannies who are seething over getting their feelings hurt on the internet, and are doing EA’s work for free.

    It cannot be ‘in the community’s hands’ unless the jannies are willing to get off their power trip and just cease moderating, allow the subforum to get banned.

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  • This isn’t excusing toxic online culture, which is definitely ‘a thing’. But if games were released in a decently finished state, a lot of the oxygen that feeds the toxicity would disappear.

    It is now a given that most AAA games release in a state most would call ‘unfinished’ or ‘broken’ and that a hefty patch will be needed day one. This is selling consumers an unfinished product, and if any other industry did it they’d be answering to consumer affairs at the very least.

    If EA, Activision, Ubisoft and friends had any concern for their loyal communities and engagement staff they simply wouldn’t do this. But they want people’s money before the game is finished, and in some cases need that money to finish the game.

    This is accepted and normal now, where as it should have never been allow to happen in the first place. But having higher ups saying the community’s expectations are ‘brutal’ totally ignores the fact that they ripped everybody off by releasing an unfinished product in the first place.

    If the expectation to get what you paid for on day one is ‘brutal’, then how do 99.9% of other companies manage to do it?

  • The only toxic thing is the toxic way their PR and communications has been to legitimate criticism of the game. It’s a joke.

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