Battlefield 2042 just dropped from the top 50 most-played Xbox games

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  • If you're a Battlefield player, it's possible that you've noticed the game 2042 is no longer in the top 50 most-played games on Xbox.
  • The top 50 games are those with the highest number of players in a single hour.
  • The game has been performing poorly since its launch with reported glitches and a revamped progression system.

The Battlefield franchise has been a mainstay of the Xbox Live charts for years but it seems the luck is changing if the latest reports are anything to go by. 

When the official date and game requirements were announced, things seemed to be moving swiftly in the right direction.

However, the recent release of Battlefield 2042 has not only been a disappointment for fans of the Battlefield franchise but it’s also brought down the series’ ranking in the top 50 played games on Xbox Live.

The game suffered from technical issues at launch, including rampant crashes and memory leaks. The game also featured a revamped progression system that turned off many fans of the classic Battlefield experience.

Drop from the top

Battlefield 2042 is not in the top 50 most-played games on the system, despite releasing just about three months ago. Battlefield 2042 has been on a downward trend for months, with many users complaining about bugs, glitches and boring gameplay.

This is pretty surprising, considering that Battlefield 2042 was once the most played Xbox game on Steam. Now, Battlefield 5 seems to be progressing at a faster rate leaving Battlefield 2042 behind.

In fact, according to data from Steam Charts, Battlefield 5 is now more popular than Battlefield 2042 on PC.  Server issues aren’t the whole story here, though. The game’s retention numbers are also low, with about half of all players who try the game giving up after just one match.

A fall from grace

Battlefield 2042 is no longer being played by many people and has fallen off a major leaderboard that tracks the most popular multiplayer games on the Xbox One. The slip from charts is not a good sign as reports also indicate the numbers on Steam are also not doing so well.

This isn’t a good sign for the game’s future, because if there aren’t that many people playing it, then it’s probably on its way towards going free-to-play.

A quick glance at the top 50 most-played games on Xbox includes; Halo Infinite, Apex Legends, Grand Theft Auto 5, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and Fortnite, with the number 50 slot going to Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.

Free or not, problems are still there

EA hasn’t made any official announcements about Battlefield 2042 going free-to-play, but this move would make a lot of sense for them.

If Battlefield 2042 is going to make a comeback, it’s going to need to do more than just make its premium content free – it will need to overhaul the game’s core mechanics.

EA has been under a lot of pressure recently due to the loot box debacle and some other decisions that upset their customers. This is mostly because the last Battlefield game did not meet expectations within the company.

Do you think there is anything that can be done to salvage Battlefield 2042 dwindling fame among gamers? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.