Oh god, why does a Metro clone have to be the map that revives Battlefield 2042?

It looks like we’re getting further away from the launch of the latest (and possibly final) season of Battlefield 2042the multiplayer shooter further proves that its best days are not behind it.

This recent increase in player interest began immediately with the release of Dark Creations, the game’s sixth season. Everything is well tied with a free weekend on all platforms, and deep discounts everywhere.

All that is enough for Battlefield 2042 to have one of the biggest weekends, almost two years after the release. While many (myself included) were skeptical that the game would be able to keep up that momentum after the end of free access, things are getting better!

Battlefield 2042 not only managed to maintain its player base (on Steam, at least) after the weekend, it officially set a new concurrent player record on Steam.

As seen in SteamDBa new all-time peak concurrent of 107,376 players was achieved just three days ago, which is higher than the previous peak concurrent of 105,397, which was set to launch in November, 2021. a big one jump, but it’s better than anyone expected.

That’s all well and good, of course, but my only issue with this is that many of the people who are now spending a lot of their time playing on Redacted, the new Season 6 map. As the newest map, Redacted has its own dedicated playlist right on the Battlefield 2042 homepage. The first thing you see when you want to start playing is Redacted, and that’s what you’re most likely to click on.

The redacted is an infantry-only, close-quarters map. It’s part of what I like to call the Operation Corridor genre. It all started, of course, with Operation Metro in Battlefield 3. The popularity of that map was so great that it was not only brought back in Battlefield 4 (and Battlefield 5), it inspired DICE to create Operation Locker – a little different that take. in the same concept.

Battlefield 2042 never had its own meatgrinder, corridor map – until the release of Redacted. And, I mean, just look at this:

Yes… that’s a long corridor! | Image credit: EA, DICE.

Longtime Battlefield players – and by extension, DICE – all know why these maps are so popular. For one thing, they offer the most efficient way to quickly grind character levels, unlocks, and weapon upgrades. It’s all pretty straightforward: more players crammed into various small spaces means more opportunities for combat, which translates into faster XP gains.

They also responded to the needs of some of the Battle community, which somehow developed an aversion to combined arms combat and large-scale built series. Battlefield 2042 only received six post-launch maps, which makes it all the more depressing to see a place get taken over by another Metro/Locker clone.

Well, at least people the spend time with Battlefield 2042, rather than pointing it out and laughing. I just hope they see, well, what sets Battlefield apart from most shooters.

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