Battlefield 2042 dips below 1,000 concurrent players on Steam

Battlefield 2042 has dropped below the 1,000 player mark on Steam for the first time since its release.


Battlefield 2042 had a troubled launch, to say the least. From a wide variety of experience-ruining bugs and glitches to core design issues and a lack of overall content, it was one of the poorest-received Battlefield games in recent memory. Though EA and DICE have been working to improve the state of the game, it’s struggled to keep players engaged. The diminishing interest in Battlefield 2042 was on display when the game dropped below the 1,000 concurrent player mark on Steam earlier today.

It was at 12 a.m. PT/3 a.m. ET on April 11 that Battlefield 2042 saw its concurrent player count drop to 979, the lowest since it launched back in November 2021 and the first time that it’s fallen below the 1,000 mark. We identified this via Steam Charts, the third-party site that tracks user data on Valve’s PC platform. Battlefield 2042’s Steam player base has been on a consistent decline for months now, and today’s statistics saw it hit an unfavorable milestone.

It’s worth keeping in mind that Steam Charts only accounts for those playing the game on PC through Steam. It doesn’t include players on Origin or any of the Xbox/PlayStation consoles. That said, it’s still a decent measurement in the general interest of a game. The developers have apologized for the several issues that made Battlefield 2042 an unenjoyable experience at launch, and have been working to make the overall product better. This has been evident in the major patches that Battlefield 2042 has received in recent months.

Battlefield 2042 was originally set to kick off Season 1 in early 2022, but those plans were delayed to this summer as the developer prioritized fixing core issues with the game. As Battlefield 2042 receives additional updates and content, we’ll be watching to see if it can reel back in players that have walked away.

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    April 11, 2022 10:10 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, Battlefield 2042 dips below 1,000 concurrent players on Steam

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      April 11, 2022 11:36 AM

      I play through Origin on PC. Not sure if that makes a difference in stats for Steam, I would think so. No sense playing through two launchers. If it was a Steam only game I'd be concerned. I'm not a fanboy, and don't play that often, but haven't had to wait in a queue to play. There are quite a few console players on servers, but that doesn't bother me.

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        April 11, 2022 11:46 AM

        it's probably about the same. all modes require lots of AI placeholders to even get going. it's dead.

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        April 11, 2022 3:41 PM

        BFV launched on Origin only, only came to Steam more than a year later, and has more players than 2042 currently.

        People want to buy these games on Steam, even if it has a secondary login.

        The steamspy estimates are still in the 5-10 million range for 2042 Steam owners, far above BFV's 2-5 mil est. While not accurate figures, they still fill in the picture that was already clear to see.

        The hype still managed to move a shitload of copies to Steam users. The fact that the franchise was newly back on Steam for the first new release since BC2 also played a part, no doubt. The game would be completely dead by now on PC if there wasn't console cross-play.

        How many do you think Origin is actually pulling in for this one?

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      April 11, 2022 11:39 AM

      It wasn't a success. Life goes on.

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      April 11, 2022 11:40 AM

      Think this was the first BF I haven't bought at launch.

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      April 11, 2022 11:44 AM

      angry joe had fully correct angry take. completely disjointed game. they need to walk away from it. the fact they delayed season 1, in lieu of ensuring we had more skins to grind for, says it all.

      lots of potential but ultimately shit. no one mode had a draw, players spread WAY too thin, fuck the bolte entirely, fuck the C5 drone, it's all just so unbalanced.

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      April 11, 2022 11:47 AM


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        April 11, 2022 12:00 PM

        Even if Origin _is_ the primary platform, the Steam all-time peak was over 100,000. The average in November was 50,000, December was 20,000, downward and downward to this story. It's to the point where even EA admitted in investor calls that the game has thus far been a failure.

        It's a significant month-to-month drop and there's little to suggest Origin is faring any better.

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      April 11, 2022 11:56 AM

      It's a great game the toxic community is what ruined it!!!!!!!

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      April 11, 2022 12:01 PM

      The C&C4 of battlefield games.

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      April 11, 2022 4:01 PM

      Think they really need to put all of their energy into Portal at this point, it's where a lot of the fun is.

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      April 11, 2022 4:13 PM

      They mentioned "season 2" in a recent update. I doubt that will ever happen.

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        April 11, 2022 4:43 PM

        Supposedly they have to provide a year of seasons so basically 4 total. Unless of course DICE can figure out a way to wriggle out without incurring the inevitable class action suit that would happen for goods already paid for by the preorders if they just say screw it and drop it.

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          April 11, 2022 4:47 PM

          what'd they do with anthem? i expect something similar.

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            April 11, 2022 4:51 PM

            Never played it but apparently EA promised a big 2.0 revision and then said “lol no jk” and quietly shelved it.

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      April 11, 2022 5:29 PM

      I subbed for ea play premium and usually forget to cancel it for a month because I get all excited about the game.

      I cancelled after I quit out the first time from bf2042.

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      April 11, 2022 5:50 PM

      Definitely got my money's worth with around 100 hours but haven't played in 2 months - waiting on the next big patch. This update will decide the future of the game and possibly the series as a whole. I'm a big BF fan and normally I put like 500+ hours into each entry (skipped Hardline!) so the backlash and poor management has been tough to bear. Such a shame because the talent of the devs is unbelievable and it's all wasted due to poor decision makers above them. Keeping the faith that they'll right some wrongs but with them seemingly running a skeleton staff for this game, I won't hold my breath.

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