Published on: 09/02/2022
Battlefield 2042 players create petition urging refunds immediately
Battlefield 2042 went downhill in less than three months after the release date as players are demanding refunds on all platforms.
Battlefield 2042 was released back on November 19, 2021 for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows. The announcement of a new Battlefield game made fans thrilled. However, It did not last long due to the game’s poor performance.
Battlefield 2042 is an FPS game with much emphasis on multiplayer experience and is the seventh installment of the fan-favorite Battlefield series. However, following the poor state of the game, issues, bug fixes and the first content update being delayed led some fans disappointed.
The online petition started by Satoshi Nakamoto on Change.org demanded the publisher EA and developer DICE to work out refunds. Of all platforms, only Steam allows players who purchased the game to get a refund.
The online petition titled “Allow Refund for Battlefield 2042 on All Platforms” accuses the publisher of false advertising. The petition reads:
“EA’s release of Battlefield 2042 was a mockery of every customer who purchased this video game for $70 (USD) due to EA’s false advertising.
The petition also mentioned that Battlefield 2042 is unplayable, deemed as an unfinished release and even Steam allows getting a refund due to the current state of the game.
Previous case of mass refunds
Moreover, mass refunds for a video game are uncommon and different platforms have their own different policies and regulations.
Unlike Steam, often lenient to players asking for refunds. The case says otherwise for Sony and Microsoft where a refund is very unlikely. An exception is made for when a game is completely filled with bugs and broken.
The case in hand is Cyberpunk 2077 forcing Sony and Microsoft to change their refund policy following criticism of the game-breaking bugs, performance issues, and missing features. Hence Sony, Microsoft, and even Steam had no problems with no-questions-asked refunds for players.
While Battlefield 2042 does not have the same exact issues as Cyberpunk 2077, there is no guarantee that EA will feel a slight need to respond. However, fans feel the need for a refund is a must, particularly those who owned PlayStation and Xbox.
EA’s problem with Battlefield 2042
According to a report by Gameranx, Battlefield 2042’s player count has dropped compared to the two previous installments on Steam. Battlefield 2042 has recorded a 24-hour peak of 4,754 players than Battlefield V’s 26,919.
Shrinking player count and EA’s refusal on providing Battlefield 2042’s sales numbers had led many to speculate that the game is not doing EA any good profits.
Furthermore, the petition strikes nerves by claiming that should it reach 50,000 signatures then the case will be taken further through legal measures.
“Suppose this petition receives 50K signatures or more. In that case, one of the best class-action lawsuit lawyers in the country is willing to take our case against EA.”
Yet it remains unclear from both EA and DICE on how they would respond to this since no official statement is made yet.
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