Earlier this month, EA dropped the reveal trailer for Battlefield 2042, the latest installment in the company’s blockbuster shooter franchise. The game looks incredible, but it won’t be out until later this year. So fans are looking to fill the void by returning to 2013’s Battlefield 4.
In fact, so many players have returned to Battlefield 4 that EA has actually had to increase the server capacity. In a message on the Battlefield 4 FAQ, an EA community manager wrote:
"We’ve been monitoring your experience and noticed queue times in the US West region were far longer than in other regions. Good news, we’ve increased server capacity for this region – you can expect less waiting, and more playing."
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The surge in players returning to Battlefield 4 is likely due to multiple factors. One is probably excitement for all-out warfare, something that Battlefield 4 does quite nicely. The other is the fact that Battlefield 4 was made free for Amazon Prime Members earlier this month.
Battlefield 4 released all the way back in 2013 and received high praise among critics with an 85 on Metacritic. The game was built on the Frostbite 3 engine, which was new at the time, and allowed for more realistic environments and a dynamic, destructible battlefield referred to as Levolution.
What’s interested about Battlefield 4’s resurgence is the fact that two other Battlefield games were released since; Battlefield 1 in 2016 and Battlefield V in 2018. Battlefield 1 got high praise among critics and fans as well, but Battlefield V was a dude (especially with the fans).
I think Battlefield 4’s triumphant return has much to do with the hype surrounding Battlefield 2042. With support of up to 128 players on next-gen, larger maps and dynamic weather events, EA is really taking all-out warfare to the next level. We’ll get our next look at Battlefield 2042 in July during EA Play Live. In the meantime, I definitely recommend hopping back into Battlefield 4 for a good time.