The upcoming Battlefield 2042 marks the series’ first return to a modern-ish (ok, near-future, but it’s still more recognizable than something like Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare) setting in over seven years, and it seems that the positive fan reaction to the game’s reveal is generating a player boost for 2013’s 2020-set Battlefield 4. In addition, the boost is big enough that the game has increased its server capacity in response.
“We were absolutely blown away by your excitement and reactions to the recent Battlefield 2042 reveal. Since then, many of you have jumped back into Battlefield 4 to already get a taste of the return to all-out-warfare. We’ve been monitoring your experience and noticed queue times in the US West region were far longer than in other regions. Good news, we’ve increased server capacity for this region – you can expect less waiting, and more playing. We’ll continue monitoring queue times and will make further adjustments as necessary.”
It’s good to see a non-recent multiplayer game like Battlefield 4 getting a popularity boost, although us in Southeast Asia don't really benefit from that player influx (unless you play on US servers). As for Battlefield 2042, it’ll deliver 128-player combat for Xbox Series X/S, PC, and PS5 on October 23, while the Xbox One and PS4 will get 64-player battles.