The moderation team behind the Battlefield 2042 subreddit has warned fans that they won’t hesitate to lock down the space for a while if the feed’s toxicity level continues to rise. The announcement comes just a month after the r/Halo subreddit announced its own temporary closure following similar toxic behavior from some members of his community.
As reported by PC Gamer, the warning from the moderation team r/Battlefield2042 appears to come after a wealth of angry responses that were intended as a backlash to the now-deleted tweets posted to Twitter by EA Global Comms Director Andy McNamara.
McNamara’s tweets appear to have been issued in response to the Battlefield community after DICE criticized for a lack of communication and further improvements to the game throughout the latter part of December – during a period of leave for a number of studio employees.
“Back to work today, check that Reddit, Twitter, and Battlefield fans are pissed off that we haven’t made enough updates or communications during the holiday break,” McNamara said. “Guys, people should rest. We have things in motion but we have to figure out what’s possible […] Let’s get back from the rest period and get back to work. I love you guys but these expectations are harsh. The things you want take time to scope, design, and implement.”
Following McNamara’s comments, the topic was posted in the Battlefield 2042 subreddit where it appears that anger toward the studio and its staff has quickened to insults from some quarters. This then prompted the moderation team behind the subreddit to get involved, issuing a first warning to those about their actions in the forum.
Since then, McNamara has removed his original tweets from Twitter, instead choosing to apologize to fans for not making his message sufficiently clear. This caused a renewed round of angry reactions from some.
“The message was clear at launch,” He writes one fan. “Stop looking for empathy and start offering solutions. Your idea of us needing to work on some of these things shouldn’t be difficult because half of it was in previous games. Keep the $100. Make sure you lose money. But $100 you know not Touch BF again.”
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The feud between DICE and members of the Battlefield community has been on the rise since the launch of Battlefield 2042. After a turbulent release riddled with bugs and glitches, as well as a number of sweeping changes to gameplay within the series, fans of the franchise have become largely critical of the game.
In November, this was reflected in Steam’s rating for the title, which was inundated with negative reviews, propelling it into the Steam 250’s infamous Hall of Shame. Since then, tensions have increased between DICE and its community over the perceived missing features and other factors such as leaky Santa Claus holiday skin.
While DICE has worked to improve the overall experience for players in Battlefield 2042, there has been real criticism and constructive feedback, but a rise in toxic behavior from the game’s fan base has also been noted.
With tensions still rising between community members and those in the studio, and toxicity persisting in the community’s responses, this week the moderation team for the Battlefield subreddit issued a clear ultimatum to its members: ditch the insults, or else the forum will be put into complete shutdown. A full statement from the team can be found below.
The response from the moderation team echoes a similar tone echoed in a statement from the team behind the r/Halo subreddit last month, which issued a temporary shutdown after the team declared that “toxicity has reached breaking point and has been steadily increasing.” After explaining this subreddit behavior “made it impossible for people to have civil discussions,” the Halo subreddit closed for the weekend in an effort to allow the gangs to dissipate and for people to take a break.
While it’s not yet clear if the Battlefield 2042 subreddit will need to take similar action, we hope those involved in spreading insults and targeted harassment messages stick to the warning before it’s too late.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. you can follow it Twitter.