The moderation team behind Battlefield 2042’s subreddit has warned fans that they will not hesitate to shut the room down for a period of time if the level of toxicity on the feed continues to rise. The announcement comes just a month after r / Halo subreddit declared its own temporary lockdown following similar toxic behavior from some members of its community.
As reported by PC Gamer, the warning from the r / Battlefield2042 moderation team apparently comes after a host of angry responses were addressed in response to now-deleted tweets posted on Twitter by EA Global Comms Director Andy McNamara.
McNamara’s tweets appear to have been made in response to the Battlefield community, after it criticized DICE for lack of communication and further improvements to the game in late December – during a holiday period for a number of studio staff.
“Back at work today, check out Reddit & Twitter and Battlefield fans are sad that we did not make enough updates or communications during the holiday season,” McNamara said. “Boys, people need to rest. We have things going on, but we need to find out what’s possible. […] Let’s come back from the break and return to work. Love you but these expectations are brutal. The things you want take time to shape, design and execute. “
Following McNamara’s comments, the thread was laid on Battlefield 2042 subreddit, where anger at the studio and its staff apparently accelerated to insults from some parties. This then got the moderation team behind subreddit to get involved and issued an initial warning to them about their actions in the forum.
McNamara has since removed his original tweets from Twitter and instead chosen to apologize to fans for not making his message clear enough. This caused a renewed round of angry responses from some.
“The message was clear at launch,” writes and fan. “Stop looking for sympathy, and start providing solutions. Your idea that we should solve some of those things should not be difficult, as half of it was in previous games. Keep my $ 100. Of course, the money lost. But it’s $ 100 to know never touch BF again. “
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Friction between DICE and members of the Battlefield community has been rising since the launch of Battlefield 2042. Following a turbulent release filled with bugs and errors, as well as a number of overall changes to the gameplay in the series, fans of the franchise have been very critical of the game .
In November, this was reflected in the title’s Steam review score, which was flooded with negative reviews, pushing it onto Steam 250’s infamous Hall of Shame. Since then, further tensions have grown between DICE and its community due to perceived malfunctions and other factors, such as a leaked Christmas skin theme.
While DICE has worked to improve the overall experience for players in Battlefield 2042, there has been genuine criticism and constructive feedback, but an increase in toxic behavior from the game’s fanbase has also been noted.
With tensions continuing to rise between members of the community and those in the studio, and toxicity continuing in the community’s reactions, this week’s battlefield moderation team gave its members a clear ultimatum: reject the insults, otherwise the forum could be shut down. A full statement from the team can be seen below.
The response from the moderation team is similar in tone to a statement from the team behind r / Halo subreddit last month, which issued a temporary lockdown after the team declared that “toxicity had reached a breaking point and increased exponentially.” After explaining that behavior on the submarine had “made it impossible for people to have civil discussions,” Halo subreddit closed one weekend in an attempt to allow the temper to disappear and people to take a break.
While it is not yet clear whether Battlefield 2042 subreddit should take similar action, it is here to hope that those involved in sending insults and targeted messages of harassment can listen to the warning before it is too late.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him further Twitter.
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