The moderation team behind the Battlefield 2042 subreddit has warned fans that if the toxicity of the feed continues to rise, they won’t hesitate to close the room for a period of time. The announcement comes just a month after the r / Halo subreddit declared its own temporary ban after similar toxic behavior by some members of its community.
As reported by PC player.
McNamara’s tweets appear to have sprung up in response to the Battlefield community after criticizing DICE in the second half of December for a lack of communication and further improvements to the game – during a vacation time for a number of the studio’s staff.
“Back to work today, check out Reddit & Twitter and Battlefield fans are mad that we didn’t make enough updates or communications over the holidays,” said McNamara. “People, people need to rest. We have things in motion, but we have to find out what is possible […] Let’s get back from the break and get back to work. I love you guys, but those expectations are brutal. The things you want take time to understand, design, and execute. “
Following McNamara’s comments, the thread was sent on the Battlefield 2042 subreddit, where the anger at the studio and its staff apparently accelerated into insults from some parties. This then prompted the moderation team behind the subreddit to step in and issue an initial warning to those about their actions on the forum.
McNamara has since removed his original tweets from Twitter and instead apologized to fans for not making his message clear enough. This led to another round of angry reactions from some.
“The message was clear at the start”, writes a fan. “Stop looking for sympathy and start offering solutions. Your idea that we need to work some of these things out shouldn’t be hard as half of it was in previous games. Keep my $ 100. Sure, it money is lost. But it’s $ 100 if you know Never touch BF again. “
Battlefield 2042: Screenshots of the danger mode
Tensions between DICE and members of the Battlefield community have increased since the launch of Battlefield 2042. After a tumultuous release full of bugs and glitches, as well as a number of general gameplay changes within the series, fans of the franchise have been largely critical of the game.
In November, this was reflected in the Steam review of the title, which was inundated with negative reviews and moved to the infamous Hall of Shame on Steam 250. Since then, further tensions have grown between DICE and its community over supposedly missing features and other factors like 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, but it has also seen an increase in toxic behavior from the game’s fan base.
Given the lingering tension between community members and those in the studio, and the lingering toxicity in community responses, the moderation team for the Battlefield subreddit this week issued a clear ultimatum to its members: Drop the insults or the forum could be posted on the forum Lockdown. A full explanation by the team can be found below.
The moderation team’s reaction resembles a similar tone in a statement from the team behind the r / Hello subreddit last month, which imposed a temporary lockdown after the team stated that “toxicity has reached a limit and is increasing exponentially”. After declaring that behavior on the sub “made it impossible to have civil discussions,” the Halo subreddit was closed for a weekend in an attempt to stir things up and give people a break .
While it is not yet clear whether the Battlefield 2042 subreddit will need to take similar action, we hope that those involved in posting insults and targeted harassment messages can heed the warning before it is too late.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him Twitter.