More importantly, how is the player database now? Empty lobbies or are people still actually playing? Last news I heard was even BF 1 and BF V is more active compared to BF 2042!
Speaking as someone who spent probably >3000 hours on BF:BC2 and BF3, I honestly couldn't care less if DICE hung it up. They've so thoroughly neutered the franchise by this point that it's become just another generic shooter. Every single release since BF:BC2 has seen a marked reduction in environmental damage, which was a HUGE part of the early games. They've gone from a situation where you could use C4 or call in artillery strikes and pancake just about any building on the map, to this affinity for stupid scripted events (Shanghai tower collapse in BF4, the tornados in 2042, etc.) that look just lovely on screen but do virtually nothing to effect the outcome of a given game, and certainly don't involve player skill on any level. Meanwhile, vehicles have receded so far from their high water mark in BF3 that they're now little more than a novelty. Don't even get me started on how much the maps have declined in quality. IMO, the only possible way this series could save itself now would be to go back to Bad Company for a third installment, limit the team sizes to no more 12-16 players per, go back to the drawing board and look at why prior maps like Arica Harbor worked, and reinstitute near-total environmental damage capacity. Which, of course, they won't, they'll instead release BF6 with some stupid scripted feature like a dam breaking or a volcano or some other dumb shit, while the last remnants of their fan base dissolve forever.
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