Although the latest installment in the Battlefield series, Battlefield 2042, isn’t due to be released until later this year, footage of the gameplay has been leaked online – and EA aren’t happy.
Select members of the community were given the opportunity to playtest an early version of the game for a limited time, between 12 – 15 August. This is a great opportunity for a handful of lucky people to play the game before it is released to the public. However, it comes at a risk, in that the game may be leaked to the public. That’s why EA included a strict non-disclosure agreement (NDA), to prevent such a thing from happening. This prevents playtesters from being able to share any videos, screenshots, or stream gameplay footage.
Unfortunately, that is exactly what has happened. Despite the warnings, it seems that these eager playtesters are just too excited not to share what they’ve experienced. Some players have breached their NDA, releasing footage of the game online for everyone to see, despite it supposing to be for their eyes only. Also, it’s not just the fact that one playtester has broken the rules, but several.
Understandably, EA are not happy that these playtesters have broken their agreement, and they have stated that those who are guilty face penalties. These consequences include being banned from the playtest, as well as being forbidden from playing Battlefield 2042 when it releases in October. As well as that, they also face being banned from being able to take part in future playtests with EA. Some people have already been caught and punished for breaking the rules and the trust of EA.
|6.| Break the rules, expect to lose access to both the Technical Playtest, future EA Tests, and potentially access to 2042 itself when it releases.
We've already removed plenty of people from the Playtest in these past 48 hours, and they won't be able to play this weekend. pic.twitter.com/EIWaIHIMT2
— Freeman 🏳️🌈 (@PartWelsh) August 13, 2021
It’s important to note that any of this leaked gameplay footage is only an early version of Battlefield 2042, so the game may look very different by the time it is released. Nevertheless, EA is unhappy that the work they have been trying to hide from public eye is no longer private. They have been working to take down any leaked footage from the internet, but is it already too late?
Battlefield 2042 is due to be released October 22, 2021 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One.