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For those of us who play on a PC, Battlefield 2042 is free to download this weekend, so it's an ideal opportunity to give the game a go and form your own conclusions on what is one of the most controversial releases of 2021.
I mean, no one was expecting that descriptor for the next entry to an acclaimed and beloved series of first-person-shooters. A recent report alleges that the game started pre-production three years ago, however, active development only spanned from the summer of 2020 to its release in November 2021. That's just 15 months of work to develop major shifts to the series' standard like the lack of a single-player story, new class systems that riff off those of Apex Legends and Warzone, and design for the next generation of consoles. Oh, and there's been a whole pandemic occurring in tandem with these challenges.
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“We are serious about Battlefield. EA is investing significant time and resources into Battlefield 2042 and the long-term success of the franchise," said the publisher in a statement that emerged following this scoop about Battlefield 2042's beleaguered development. “We will continue to grow and improve Battlefield 2042, as it is the foundation for the future of this franchise. We have the right leaders in place and we’re investing in the teams and resources to capture Battlefield’s massive potential.”
With all of this in mind, this free weekend is a chance to cut through the chitter-chatter about the game and experience it for yourself. It won't cost you a penny, either, but this opportunity is only open to PC players. It's available through Steam between the dates of December 16th and December 20th. Additionally, the game's standard, Gold and Ultimate Edition are on sale until December 22nd if you put Battlefield 2042 through its paces and recognise the potential that EA was championing in its statement.
There are plenty of games that suffer from a shaky launch and then transform into the title that the team envisioned it to be. Think of No Man's Sky and the heights that this game has soared to in five years. Of course, we'll have to wait and see whether or not Battlefield 2042 follows that same path.