In recent weeks, Battlefield 2042 has suffered immeasurably at the hands of the gaming community. Following one of the worst launches in history, Battlefield 2042’s player count has already dwindled to a laughable average. In fact, it has dropped so low that older Battlefield titles, such as Battlefield V, are now taking center stage once again. And now, to hammer the final nail in the coffin, Clownfield 2042 has been released, standing strong as the ultimate mockery.
Let’s be clear right off the bat – this isn’t a serious game by any means, but it does serve a clear purpose.
Hell Hath No Fury Like a Gamer Scorned
Battlefield fans were extremely excited for the heavily promoted Battlefield 2042 ahead of its launch. However, the final product that was delivered offered a fairly miserable experience overall. It was all but empty, with barren maps, minuscule weapon options, no campaign, and stripped-down gamemodes. It rapidly became listed as one of the worst-rated games on Steam of all time, within the space of a few short weeks.
Its competition, coming in the form of Halo Infinite and Call of Duty: Vanguard, stormed ahead in the polls. There was nothing to redeem Battlefield 2042 – the roadmap was delayed until March 2022, there was to be no esports scene once again, and even the most fundamental Battlefield tropes were absent. Meanwhile, Halo Infinite enjoyed massive growth with the commencement of the Halo Championship Series.
Since the modern age of gaming began, no fanbase has been left with more of a sour taste than the Battlefield community. To respond, gamers have taken to the airwaves, started petitions, and launched social media campaigns against EA Dice and Battlefield 2042. Now, an altogether unheard-of developer has stepped out and released Clownfield 2042, a complete parody of a game that pokes endless fun at Battlefield 2042.
Is There Any Clearer Indication?
Personally, as a gamer of more than twenty years, I’ve never seen this scenario occur. There is a person out there so displeased with the delivery of Battlefield 2042 that they’ve gone out and made their own game to criticise it. However, Clownfield 2042 isn’t a serious game by any means – it’s satire, and that fact is made clear as day. From the moment you boot this game (which costs less than a dollar), you’ll see that it’s a tongue-in-cheek mockery of Battlefield 2042.
Bizarrely, Clownfield 2042 boasts features that Battlefield 2042 didn’t have at launch. These are almost expected features, and yet, Battlefield 2042’s development team neglected to include them. For instance, Clownfield features a scoreboard, map voting screens, VOIP, versatile loadouts, and the self-recognition that it is an awful game. It has been built in Unity, and honestly, it feels like a school project – but it’s a relatively effective one.
While the game itself isn’t much to look at, it boasts a charming simplicity, and the gunplay is actually quite enjoyable. It’s riddled with bugs – something that the game openly pokes fun at – but you fully understand that what you’re playing isn’t a serious game, so you’re okay with it.
Ultimately, Clownfield 2042 is a fantastic title for fifteen minutes of fun. It serves the purpose of highlighting the extreme displeasure of fans remarkably well. If you’re a PC gamer, feel free to take a look at Steam and give Clownfield a go – it already has better reviews on the platform than Battlefield 2042 did.