The Battlefield franchise that we used to love and play over the last two decades is no longer here.
Let's try to say this in the calmest and most articulate way possible: No one, not a single Battlefield player asked for Santa Claus costumes in a Battlefield game. Such skins simply do not belong in a military shooter with a grim, world has gone to shit, setting.
On top of this, let's ask two simple questions. Who on earth approved of these hideous skins? Who, after hours of discussions regarding monetisation came to the conclusion that such content is a good fit for Battlefield 2042?
Let's add a third question. Who thought that such a decision would not result in a nuke sized dumpster fire backlash on social media, Reddit and Battlefield forums and groups? Is this how tone-deaf have EA become?
Ever since we've learned that a brand new modern-day Battlefield game was in development, the community was pretty vocal about what they wanted from the game - give us a bigger, better, true next-gen Battlefield 3 game, expand on it with new features like deep customisation, enjoyable progression system and memorable maps.
To say that Battlefield 2042 is far from being that game is an understatement. The community was very specific, they did not ask for Specialists and they surely did not ask for hideous Santa Claus skins, so why are they in the game? It's sad that even after the feedback session, where most players voted against these skins , EA decided to go ahead with them.
And I'm not even mad that this is happening to the franchise that I used to love - I'm simply disappointed and very sad. Battlefield 2042 was one of my most anticipated games of this year but instead of enjoying large-scale warfare with next-gen Levolution, gunplay and cool maps, I've decided to simply give up and play excellent Halo Infinite multiplayer instead.
It breaks my heart to say it but Battlefield that we used to love and play over the last two decades is simply no longer here. We're in a new age of gaming, that has seemingly swallowed this franchise and gave us just another average shooter that tries too hard to be the next Fortnite or Call of Duty Warzone.