2118 posts since 16/07/13
on 05 December 2018
My take on this is that DICE is free to do whatever they wish with their games. If they want a bunch of women on the frontlines of World War 2 then go for it. People are entitled to their opinions. Some people want to see that in games. Others don't. Neither side is actually wrong for wanting the game to be one thing or another. The question shouldn't be "who is wrong for wanting the game a certain way" but rather "will DICE's decision to take this direction with their game hurt them"?
Looking at how badly Battlefield 5 was behind Black Ops 4 in pre-orders months ago (85% behind compared to Battlefield 1 being ahead of Infinite Warfare) and the report that physical sales of this latest entry were well below those of the previous, seemingly to the point where one cannot reasonably argue that digital sales made up for it and still well below Call of Duty, it seems to me that DICE may have hurt themselves with this decision. The critical reception of the game is lower than any main entries in the franchise with many complaints ranging from a lack of content to a fair amount of technical issues. This isn't going to help.
There also seems to be a complete lack of the customization options involving prosthetic limbs that raised some eyebrows from the initial trailer. So not only did DICE disregard the vocal critics of the community to some extent but they then failed to implement something those on the other side of the aisle praised them for. Whether this will eventually find its way in is unknown but there is certainly the sense that DICE backtracked on some of its more arguably absurd cosmetic decisions. This tells me that DICE definitely felt the pinch and while they conceded a bit for now, they're still not prepared to admit they may have made a bad choice.
They may very well want to re-evaluate whether patting themselves on the back for attempting to be inclusive is worth losing that much market share and income. If doing this was supposed to bring more people into the fold but ultimately ended up losing them a ton of sales then questions should be raised. Why didn't the people who supported this make up for the people who didn't? If such a thing was so important and such a barrier to entry for people then why are sales so far down compared to the previous title and the competitor? Are the people who we disregarded such a significant portion of our income? Is it worth us losing a lot of sales to take our games in that direction? Either they press on with this new philosophy for their game design and hope it works out or they abandon it and go back to making games the way it seems their currently established fanbase prefers.
All that being said, something I touched on earlier in my post is the REAL issue with Battlefield 5 at this point is not even what the reasons behind the decrease in initial sales were. Rather, how the game has so many issues for those who bought it. When you take an already much lower base of players and subject them to a game lacking in content and with a number of technical issues... well... DICE may not be able to recover this game's already tarnished image. The first update they just released is causing all servers to have a moderate amount of ping. At least last I checked. Your biggest competitor had its Battle Royale mode on Day 1, has been praised for it, and is already expanding on it. Meanwhile, you tell your customers to wait 4 months for your version of it and with hardly any info on it. Black Ops 4 has enjoyed some pretty good press. Battlefield 5 has been caked in negativity since its reveal. This is DICE dropping the ball at nearly every turn.
1260 posts since 25/06/16
on 05 December 2018
I don't understand how EA/DICE doesn't see the answer to this. All they have to do is look at the COD rotation. Have 2 teams, and have one team create unrealistic war games that are based on real wars or completely fabricated, and have another continue on with the more realistic immersive games they've been making as of lately. Rotate every so often. Call both Battlefield if you want, but make it clear with a subtitle that one series is fairy tale land and the other is history at it's finest, no messing around.
If EA doesn't want to do this, and expects their audience to change, or hopes do draw in a new audience, then good luck. Why not put in a little more effort so you can easily have your cake and eat it too? If your so sure your new direction of Battlefield will sell well enough to make it worth it that is.
Initial 8th gen console wars as explained by The Matrix
XB - Did you know that the XB1 was designed to be a perfect multimedia device? Where none shared, where everyone would use Kinect. It was a disaster. No one would accept the program. Entire 360 catalogue was lost. Some believed we lacked the console gamer logic to describe the perfect system, but we believed that, as a community, console gamers define their reality through waiting and micro-transactions. The imperfect hardware was a dream that your primitive cerebrum kept trying to wake up from. Which is why the XB1 was redesigned to this: the XB1S and XB1X, the peak of console 4k capability.
PS - You're more attractive than I thought. I can see why they like you. - Who? - Not too bright though… You know why Cerny was hired to design the PS4? – Yes. – So, what do you think? Do you think you’re the One? – Honestly, we don’t know. - Do you know what that phrase means? It’s gamer lingo for know thyself. I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Being the One is a lot like being the PS3. No one needs tell you that you screwed up, you just know it, through and through, hardware to exclusives.
Nin - Ok, now I'm supposed to say, hmm, that's interesting, but...then you say...- But what? - But...you already know what I'm going to tell you. - I'm not the Wii. - Sorry tablet. You got the gimmick, but it looks like you're waiting for something. - What? - Your next life maybe, who knows? That's the way these things go... / Unfortunately no one can be told what the Wii U is. You have to experience it for yourself.
PC - Welcome to the x86 real gaming world.
9921 posts since 01/07/12
on 05 December 2018
That's terrible shit tbh, honestly look at the stuff on that board which is being put there to mock and consider it was anything other gender and colour... if that sign read "black men, black men, black men" or anything negative towards woman there would be cries of racism from the highest powers going, but nope... can't be racist against White males, you can only be racist against poor discriminated minorities.
Depressing. My interest in all things EA declines with something like this.
5984 posts since 22/09/13
on 06 December 2018
While many of the game's critics deserve this (most of the outrage over the game was molehill mountaineering at its best, perpetrated mainly by militant history buffs and anti-SJWs masquerading as militant history buffs), it's not good PR and will only exacerbate the situation.
Then again, it is EA, and it's hard to feel any sympathy for them regardless of the situation. Even when some criticism of them or their subsidiaries/employees are wrong, that's far outweighed by the amount of valid criticism.