Unexpected game far better than Battlefield 2042

The launch of Battlefield 2042 has turned into a disaster for Dice, who is outright overtaken by the tractors of Farming Simulator.

The least we can say is that 2021 has not really been a great vintage when it comes to AAA FPS. Of the last far cry at the most recent Call of Duty, the proposals of the biggest studios did not live up to expectations; this also applies to the recent Battlefield 2042, which is currently less played on Steam than … Farming Simulator 22.

Since its release on November 19, the game has attracted particularly harsh criticism. Nothing surprising knowing its technical shortcomings, its regressions in terms of gameplay and especially its status of game absolutely not finished and premature of several months, as we spoke about it recently in our test.

A memorable fiasco, so that many players ended up simply deserting the game. What could (and perhaps should?) Have been the biggest launch of 2021 therefore ends up hovering around 30,000 players on average. Figures not infamous, but far from what they could have been if the launch had not been such a disaster.

At the complete opposite of the spectrum, there is another release that was quite expected at the end of 2021; the last and twenty-second edition of Farming Simulator. And if they are clearly not as impressive as the hovercraft of the last one Battlefield, its shiny tractors still managed to overtake the DICE title in a prestigious race: that of Steam sales of the week.

Quite a symbol

According to the SteamDB tool, the famous farming simulator has thus generated more money on the Valve platform. Impressive, knowing that it is also 20 € cheaper… And it is not only in terms of income that FS22 is putting BF2042 down. During peak hours, the DICE title peaks at around 50,000 players; at the same times, around 90,000 players on average roam their domain by tractor… A well-deserved success for Farming Simulator, but the same cannot be said about Battlefield.

Certainly, these figures obviously only relate to Steam; if you take all the platforms into account, EA probably sold more copies of Battlefield. In addition, the big results of Farming Simulator are not surprising; it is also a very popular game and acclaimed by fans of the genre. But one can’t help but frown upon reading these statistics. With all due respect to Farming Simulator and to its community, it is still very sad that a titan of the video game landscape is relegated so far behind a title with much more modest ambitions.

So let’s hope that this catastrophic launch will serve as a lesson for Dice for the next episodes…. and that other studios will take note of it. Because the Swedish studio is not the only one that should be concerned.

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