Battlefield 2042 has fallen below 1,000 active concurrent players on Steam, marking a new low for the multiplayer FPS playerbase.
On April 11, only 979 people were playing Battlefield 2042 on Steam, according to data recorded on SteamCharts (opens in a new tab)and spotted by users on ResetEra (opens in a new tab) (thanks Eurogamer (opens in a new tab)).
Dice’s multiplayer FPS has been hemorrhaging gamers for months, as persistent glitches and content rollbacks continue to disappoint fans. Many are now looking for alternative games to fill their craving for multiplayer FPS and have flocked to the little-known upcoming indie game Battlebit Remastered.
Battlebit is as close to a Battlefield clone as it gets, if a bit more blocking. It transfers the series’ core team-based shooting loop into a world of low-poly visuals. It’s essentially Battlefield in the shoes of Roblox – and players seem to love it.
The indie game hasn’t even launched yet but managed to pull in 30,000 players at its latest public play test which was held from April 8-10 (that’s according to the developers (opens in a new tab)although SteamDB (opens in a new tab) estimates a lower, but still impressive, figure of 27,000). The playtest even ended early after servers became unstable when concurrent player counts skyrocketed.
Battlefield 2042, meanwhile, can only attract a fraction of that number of players. On PC, it attracted a peak of 2,000 active players (opens in a new tab) during the same period and has not been able to reach 30,000 players since last December.
Its drop below 1,000 players marks a significant low point for the game, which is only made worse by the surprisingly high number of players the small indie game Battlebit was able to attract.
A Battlefield competitor
It’s easy to see why Battlebit would be such a draw for disappointed Battlefield 2042 players. Even in its current beta state, it includes all the hallmarks of the series: massive multiplayer matches that pit up to 250 players against each other. others ; land, air and sea vehicles to be checked; and fully destructible environments that allow you to topple huge buildings.
The game gives you five classes to play – Assault, Medic, Engineer, Support, or Recon (a selection pulled straight from previous Battlefield games) – all of which come with particular gadgets and class-specific abilities. It’s especially appealing to those who haven’t been taken in by the BF 2042’s specialist system.
It also emphasizes team communication, encouraging you to speak with your teammates via voice chat to coordinate assaults. Voice chat is also something that has yet to be added to BF 2042.
Add the option to customize your weapons with specific scopes, magazines, and camos, as well as make changes to your individual soldier, and you’ve got a game that’s as close to a mainline Battlefield entry as you could get. ‘hope.
In light of the lingering issues that continue to plague Battlefield 2042, as well as the slow rollout of content, it’s no surprise that gamers are now expecting a small indie game to give them the kind of multiplayer experience they want. ‘they wish.
As players on Reddit (opens in a new tab) suggests, Battlebit ticks all the right boxes, and its player count keeps growing with each test. (opens in a new tab) – a January playtest drew 7,000 players, a February release drew 17,000, and the latest added another 10,000.
They could wait a bit, though. Battlebit is slated for early access this year, but developer MrOkiDoki’s Studio hasn’t announced a specific date. Although you can play the current tests for free, BattleBit developer says (opens in a new tab) the game will launch in Early Access for $15.