DICE have confirmed that some of the skins will not be in the main game modes such as Conquest and Breakthrough. "We also create unique cosmetics for single-time use in special Battlefield Portal modes," they said.
It's been a tough couple of weeks for DICE and their latest shooter Battlefield 2042. The game has received mostly negative reviews from players but it's should be mentioned that DICE have rolled up their sleeves to deliver a couple of updates recently, which made the game feel slightly better.
And right after the update, players discovered another thing to be mad about. It's the notorious Santa Claus skin for Boris Specialist. As you can see in the image above, it's a full Santa coat along with a big white beard so Boris can cosplay father-Christmas properly.
DICE have responded to the backlash, stating that they won't be using all the skins this Holiday. Whether DICE decided to push the release of the skins due to backlash or it was their idea to have them in the game at a later date from the start, we'll never know. Insider Tom Henderson has revealed that these skins were in the game from March.
"Today some of you accidentally got a glimpse of some Holiday themed cosmetics and we wanted to help clarify their intended usage. Development for Live Service requires us to work months in advance, and enables us to have options when we reach key moments in our first year. Today, we have other priorities, and so whilst we have the skins, we presently have no plans to utilize all of them this Holiday," DICE said in a thread on Twitter.
DICE also added that some of these skins are for limited-time events in Battlefield Portal, not main multiplayer mode such as Breakthrough and Conquest.
"We also create unique cosmetics for single-time use in special Battlefield Portal modes to further enhance the fantasy in special events. Throughout our live service, you may occasionally encounter these mode-locked cosmetics, which don't impact the rest of the game."
It's safe to say that Battlefield 2042 will eventually be jam-packed with new skins. The game is designed with such monetisation in mind and to be fair, one could argue that there's nothing wrong with that as long as we're getting high-quality skins that reflect the game's grim setting.
No one wants crazy and unrealistic Fortnite or Call of Duty-like stuff in a Battlefield game.