The moderation team behind the Battlefield 2042 subreddit has warned fans that they won’t hesitate to shut down the room for a period of time if the feed’s toxicity continues to increase. The announcement comes just a month after the r/Halo subreddit declared its own temporary shutdown following similarly toxic behavior from some members of its community.
As reported by PC Gamer, the warning from the moderation team at r/Battlefield2042 appears to come after a wealth of angry comments were intended in response to now-deleted tweets posted to Twitter by Andy McNamara, director of EA Global Comms.
McNamara’s tweets appear to have been made in response to the Battlefield community after it criticized DICE for a lack of communication and further improvements to the game during the second half of December – during a vacation period from some of the studio staff.
“Back to work today, check out Reddit & Twitter and Battlefield fans are upset we didn’t do enough updates or communication over the holidays,” said McNamara. “Guys, people need to rest. We’ve got things moving, but we need to figure out what’s possible” […] Let’s get back from vacation and get back to work. I love you, but these expectations are brutal. The things you want take time to define, design and execute.”
Following McNamara’s comments, the thread was posted to the Battlefield 2042 subreddit, where the anger towards the studio and its collaborators seemingly accelerated to insults from some parties. This then prompted the moderation team behind the subreddit to join in and issue a first warning to those about their actions on the forum.
McNamara has since deleted his original tweets from Twitter, instead opting to apologize to his fans for not making his message clear enough. This sparked a new round of angry reactions from some.
“The message was clear at launch”, writes one fan. “Stop looking for sympathy and start offering solutions. Your idea that we need to solve some of those things shouldn’t be difficult, since half of them were in previous games. Keep my $100. Of course it’s lost money. But it’s $100 knowing never to touch BF again.”
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The friction between DICE and members of the Battlefield community has been growing since the launch of Battlefield 2042. After a turbulent release full of bugs and glitches, as well as some general gameplay changes within the series, fans of the franchise have been largely critical of the game. the game.
In November, this was reflected in the title’s Steam review score, which was flooded with negative reviews, pushing it into Steam’s infamous Hall of Shame 250. Since then, tensions between DICE and its community have continued to rise over alleged missing features and other factors, such as a leaked Santa-themed Christmas skin.
While DICE has worked to improve the overall experience for players in Battlefield 2042, there has been genuine criticism and constructive feedback, as well as an increase in toxic behavior from the game’s fanbase.
As tensions between community members and those in the studio continued to mount, and the toxicity in the community’s responses continued, the moderation team for the Battlefield subreddit this week gave its members a clear ultimatum: Stop the insults, or else would be the forum in Lockdown. A full statement from the team can be seen below.
The moderation team’s response resembles a similar note made in a statement from the team behind the r/Halo subreddit last month, which issued a temporary shutdown after the team stated that “toxicity had reached a breaking point and was increasing exponentially.” “. After explaining that the behavior on the submarine had “made it impossible for people to have civilian conversations,” the Halo subreddit closed a weekend in an effort to clear tempers and give people a break.
While it’s not yet clear whether the Battlefield 2042 subreddit will have to take similar action, it’s hoped that those involved in the posting of insults and targeted messages of harassment can heed the warning before it’s too late.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.