It almost seemed inevitable with EA in control of Dice that the Battlefield franchise would somehow suffer, we all hoped that would not be the case but we are finally there.. Games are an art form, they are a love for people who makes game but BFV feels like its been shoehorned down the alley of 'make as much money as you can' and it's backfired, not only for EA but unfortunately for gamers who are stuck with a mess of a game months after release.
The removal of premium was not a nod to the gamers but a slight twist in which EA and Dice could see a live service running for a couple of years and using cosmetic add ons to boost revenue during that time.
It is this blind focus which crippled the game at launch and continues to do so. Even though the cosmetic nonsense was delayed you can't help feeling that Dice were being pushed to get it up and running and sod all the other issues in the game people had already paid for.
I have a £50 game that has fewer content than previous games, way more bugs, mammoth balance issues, performance issues that seem to get worse with each patch and just to punch when i'm down there, cosmetics that can ONLY be purchased with real money, not through game progress, even though I already have paid for the game.
It disgusts me as a modern gamer that the industry has become this way, chasing the dollar and sacrificing quality along the way. The game industry needs tighter controls to counteract what is becoming a disease in the medium i'm struggling to love anymore.
I am posting this in the Battlefield forums as this is one of my favourite franchises, ruined by short sighted goals, poor planning, poor design and poor leadership from EA, who ultimately control what comes from their franchises.
I can only hope like many that Dice can not only rescue BFV but can sort themselves out going forward, but I shouldn't have to hope, I have purchased this product and its not finished, nowhere near finished.
I am writing this after another frustrating session on BFV, invisible men, no hit markers, instant deaths, no footsteps, 6 v 14 matches, enemy hit 136 points yet he's still alive, the list goes on, yet I still get a big screen about the latest costume to purchase from the store....that says it all about where this game and Dice is right now..........................the wrong place.