Battlefield 2042's open beta came to an end last week, and it's safe to say players have been left some serious concerns.
Social media has been flooded with complaints over matchmaking problems, visual glitches, and severe lag. Beta tests aren't meant to be perfect, of course, but many were so shocked by what they played that they've been questioning whether or not DICE and EA's upcoming shooter is really going to be ready for its scheduled launch date of November 19.
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In the midst of this, reliable Battlefield leaker and insider Tom Henderson has penned a detailed report that offers some insight into Battlefield 2042's "troubled development" and "identity crisis".
Henderson, who accurately reported on almost every aspect of Battlefield 2042 in the months before its official reveal, addressed many of the beta concerns in a piece for Gaming Intel.
An EA forum post claimed that the divisive open beta is actually a build of the game that is "several months old", implying many of the issues have been or will soon be fixed.
However, Henderson has heard from at least two of his regular sources at DICE that what we played last week was taken from a September build of the game. After digging into the beta's build settings, he was able to find the build is from (or at least around) September 20 - just one day before the beta was originally supposed to kick off.
"This seemingly matches up with what I've heard for months: that DICE is having major stability issues with builds of the game," Henderson writes.
"It's one of the major reasons that up until the Beta, DICE has been quiet on releasing new footage of the game. Not because they don't want to, but because they can't."
Henderson's sources claim that many of Battlefield 2042's development problems stem from management figures are "not committed enough" to the project. It's alleged that development issues raised with management have fallen on "deaf ears", creating problems further down the line that DICE could've sold much earlier.
The report adds that development was further hamstrung by bosses being so impressed with Activision's 2019 Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare reboot that DICE was asked to make something similar. It's unclear in what areas Battlefield 2042 is, or was supposed to, be like Infinity Ward's last Call Of Duty.
"Signs of a troubled development these past several months have been obvious. And, unfortunately, the Battlefield 2042 Beta is unmistakable evidence," Henderson concludes.
"Even if the Beta is months old, the reality is that the Beta is the product of over two and a half years of development."
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