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Battlefield 2042 players furious as fan-favorite mode removed

Battlefield 2042 players have been left baffled after DICE removed a fan-favorite mode, even with its declining player count.

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Rush is one of Battlefield’s classic modes, and players were delighted when it arrived in Battlefield 2042. However, even after calls for Rush to remain permanent, DICE removed it, leaving players annoyed and confused.

It’s no secret that Battlefield 2042 is in a rough state at the moment, with players begging for the developers to make major changes that would return the franchise to its former glory.

Battlefield 2042’s Game Director recently gave a reassuringly candid response to these demands, but the community still feels ignored after the fan-favorite Rush game mode has been removed.

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Battlefield 2042 Rush quickly became one of the game’s saving graces, and players begged DICE to keep it as a permanent mode. Not only could players experience this classic attacking and defending mode, but it also allowed players to rank up their weapons.

Both Battlefield 2042 Rush and Rush of Ages (Rush across 1942, BFBC2, and BF3 maps) were removed in a playlist update on December 6, which received immediate backlash from the community.

In a damning Reddit post that has received over 13,000 upvotes, user Tazooka sarcastically said: “DICE listening to the community again.”

The replies were full of furious players who were confused why this would be the first change DICE makes after returning from their holiday break.

Battlefield 2042 has seen a massive drop-off in its player count since launch, being overtaken by Battlefield V and becoming the bottom of Steam’s most-played list. So players couldn’t see the logic in removing one of its most popular modes.

DICE’s Community Manager, Kevin Johnson, responded to these concerns, saying that “Rush hasn’t been removed and will remain in some form/theme in [Battlefield Portal] for a few weeks/months yet.”

“Rush of Ages was extended based on community reception and will return in the future,” he continued. “This week it’s Bad Company 2 Rush.”

u/dsmiles said “DICE, just give the players full xp in custom matches like you advertised already,” which would allow players to play any type of Rush they like and still gain XP for it. Portal XP was disabled after players used the mode to farm XP, and players are desperate for it to return.

The featured Portal playlists are set to change again next week, so we’ll need to wait and see if DICE reverts their decision to remove Battlefield 2042 Rush.

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Image Credit: DICE / EA