A player recently started a Change.org petition to demand Battlefield 2042 refunds on all platforms; as of this writing, the petition has over 60,000 signatures and shows no signs of slowing down. Given recent events, refunds for the game may not appear to be a difficult task. After all, Steam issued refunds for Battlefield 2042 in January, despite the fact that the period fell far outside the platform’s usual 14-day window for reimbursement.
According to the petition, “EA’s release of Battlefield 2042 was a mockery of every customer who purchased this video game for [£50] due to EA’s false advertising,” and it has “cost consumers millions of dollars in damages and upset thousands of customers worldwide.”
“Many consumer reports claim that Electronic Arts and Dice did not keep many promises made at launch, and Battlefield 2042 was released as unplayable.” “Even today, Battlefield 2042 has bugs that drastically alter the in-game experience to the point where many community members consider it an unfinished release,” it claims. According to the petition, “Electronic Arts and DICE did not keep many promises made at launch, and Battlefield 2042 was released as unplayable.” Even today, many community members consider Battlefield 2042 to be an unfinished release because of the numerous bugs that drastically alter the in-game experience.
DICE announced on February 1 that Battlefield Season One would be delayed so that the studio could focus on more pressing issues in the game, beginning with the addition of an end-of-round scoreboard. But, two days later, the developer announced that this update would also be delayed until March because it needed to release a hotfix to address game instability issues caused by the previous patch.
Of course, the Change.org petition raises the question of whether this will have any long-term impact on Battlefield 2042. If the past is prologue, then the answer is most likely a no. Sony, for example, does not usually budge on its refund policy, with rare exceptions such as Cyberpunk 2077 refunds.