The latest update to Battlefield 2042 has, possibly accidentally, revealed some upcoming skins for the game – and many players don’t seem pleased that Father Winter is coming to town.
Update # 3 of Battlefield 2042 adds weekly missions, menu UI improvements, and over 150 gameplay fixes – but it appears to have a slew of new cosmetics too. As shown in the tweet below, some of the included specialist skins are a bit outside of the more serious norm of Battlefield, including a Father Winter skin for Boris wearing a Santa Claus-like cloak and white beard.
Preview of the upcoming weekly mission rewards! 👀
– Battlefield Bulletin (@BFBulletin) December 2, 2021
At the time of writing, the skins have been removed from the public eye as they appeared to have been revealed too early, but the reaction to the Father Winter skin in particular has already been noisy from many players who see it as a step too far outside of Battlefield’s style.
On Reddit, TheHuscarl wrote, “I’ve never seen such a strange sonic confrontation built into a game. It’s very strange, I would have loved to see the design discussions that went into this game.”
On twitter, Dog InSuit wrote, “How is the mood supposed to be fun and light-hearted when the intro tried to advance a failed state, billions of non-patterns, and the devastating effects of climate change? If they wanted to make a game with fun kids” Skins – it wouldn’t have a battlefield meant to be.”
Many have likened the approach to Fortnite and other Games-as-Service, which are regularly rolling out wacky cosmetics, something that much of the fan base seems to have hoped wouldn’t pass up on Battlefield’s latest foray.
The story has two sides, of course, with other players saying that players who don’t prefer unrealistic skins should simply not apply them. On Reddit, ozner55 wrote: “The game just needs a little more content overall. Even if it’s a silly Christmas thing, I’m totally fine with that. It’s just positive unlocking new things.”
However, a frequent request after the reveal was an option to disable other players’ goofy skins, both for aesthetic reasons and because changes to character silhouettes can detract from the best response to seeing certain enemy characters. “PLEASE do it so that I can turn off the visibility of custom skins,” wrote Revenant333 on twitter. “It’s okay, sell them, but let ME decide if I want to see them.
It remains to be seen whether this is a one-off Christmas addition, or whether DICE plans to release more fancy skins over time – but the initial reaction is probably more divisive than the developer had hoped.
Overall, it hasn’t been an easy start for Battlefield 2042 as launch day issues and game changes have drawn enough criticism to make it one of the worst-rated games on Steam just a few weeks after launch.
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