If you’re not a fan of Battlefield 2042, but you have fond memories of the Battlefield series, we have some bad news for you. EA has confirmed that Battlefield 1943, Battlefield Bad Company 1, and Battlefield Bad Company 2 will be delisted from digital storefronts starting April 28, 2023. This is being done as a precursor to the retirement of online services for all three titles on December 8, 2023. It’s a sad day for the Battlefield series, but one that was ultimately inevitable.
In this statement on the legacy of the Battlefield series and these title’s retirement, EA has explained that “you can still continue playing [these games] and use their respective offline features, such as the single player game” after the aforementioned retirement date. However, it is now “looking forward to creating new memories alongside you” as it shifts its’ focus towards current and future Battlefield experiences.
Despite being a digital-only release, Battlefield 1943 was only the third game in the series on consoles and a fantastic introduction for many future Battlefield fans.
Interestingly, though, Battlefield Bad Company 1 saw the introduction of Gold Rush – now Rush – as a main game mode for the first time and the introduction of the Frostbite Engine. This engine is something Battlefield games have worked with ever since, making it a pivotal title in the franchise’s history.
Similarly, Battlefield Bad Company 2 was the first time Marlowe, Sweetwater, Redford, and Haggard were available on PC – which is quite a shock when you think about the expectation we have when it comes to seeing Battlefield games on PC as a platform nowadays.
If you want a sweet hit of nostalgia, here’s a Battlefield Bad Company 2 trailer from over 13 years ago to sink your teeth into (yes, it’s been that long!)
Interestingly, alongside these three titles, EA and DICE are also retring Mirror’s Edge and removing it from digital storefronts. This unique first person experience is one difficult to forget – so, if you’re looking for something quite fantastic to play, you don’t have long to pick it up.
These are all some of the best FPS games out there and it’s a shame to see them leave digital storefronts. However, we just hope the rumours that Battlefield 2042 leaks indicate a Year 2 upgrade from EA is coming soon and the current Battlefield experience continues to improve.