The Change.org petition has as the time of publication been signed by some 29,000 users – a significant increase from the 5,000 or so who had signed it when it was spotted by Windows Central on Monday.
“EA’s release of Battlefield 2042 was a mockery of every customer who purchased this video game for $70 (USD) due to EA’s false advertising,” claims the petition.
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“Battlefield 2042 has cost consumers millions of dollars in damages and upset thousands of customers worldwide.
“According to many consumer reports, Electronic Arts and DICE did not keep many promises made at launch, and Battlefield 2042 was launched as unplayable.
“Even today, Battlefield 2042 has bugs that drastically change the in-game experience so much that it’s deemed an unfinished release by many community members.”
Addressing performance issues and the company’s plans for the title during its third quarter earnings call, Wilson backed developer DICE to turn Battlefield 2042’s fortunes around by re-engaging its fanbase and claimed to believe the game will “do really well over the course of time”.
He said: “Developing this game with our teams working from home for nearly two years ultimately proved to be challenging. Through our process of testing and preparation, we believed the experience was ready to be put in players’ hands.
“We launched with strong stability, however as more players experienced the full game it became clear that there were unanticipated performance issues that we would need to address.”
Wilson continued: “Some of the design choices we made with the game also did not resonate with everyone in our community. We are fully committed to realising the full potential of this game and fully committed to our Battlefield fans.
“We’ve already implemented a series of major updates to the game and there are more to come.”
A few days later, DICE also delayed Battlefield 2042’s next update, which will introduce a refreshed scoreboard, from later this month to early March.