Was talking with some friends on Teamspeak tonight. We play other games but in the past, we could fill 2 BF4 servers easily. Now, no one plays Battlefield anymore. I was just saying I miss the good old days where TS was full and everyone that died would have a shot or those that didnt need it would just talk nonsense anyway. We had a little community that spanned from Britain to Turkey and even a couple of US guys and Canadians used to come on outside their timezones to join us.
Yet. BF1 absolutely killed it dead.
Sure, it was the gameplay to a certain extent. Many of us hated the original maps, the auto aim and all of that utter trash. Then, there was a massive influx of ex console players so you would be on teams where people literally did not know that spotting is a key measure of winning (hacking aside).
But the worse thing of all, was the UI. TOTAL ISOLATION. People not talking among themselves between rounds to pass the time, no one really caring who was on and who was not because at times it feels like your a passenger on a single player game with a load of bots. I think too much has been lost.
I would love to get back that feeling of BC2/Vietnam/BF3 or BF4. If we can do that and have the graphics of BF1 that would be nice (It would also be nice if there was mGPU if you're going to use DX12 which is a double edged sword). But regardless. The cold, horrible feel of the UI and the utterly hostile lack of integreations between this forum and it and the UI has been a killer.
I can honestly say I still regard previous games as the high point of Battlefield not because of the games themselves necessarily but because of the fun of playing with other people I liked. This feels like the worst of xbox. A place many of the newer folk are migrating from to play on a PC. I am of an age now where my friends sons and daughters are also playing (mine included) many dropped their consoles to play on PC but EA delivered them a better looking game, but with the absolute worst of UI. This UI is like Apple tried to design a UI and I may be being unkind to Apple. Origin is about as useful as Ubiplay but this is a step too far.
I badly regret any criticism I ever made of Battlelog. I did not know the option was infinitely worse. Literally the whole Origin/BFUI ecosystem would the thing I pick to encompass hostile, anti humanist design looks like. It is like the lunatics that outsource customer support to India also gave them design authority.