The future is now!
To me, Call of Duty has been playing catch up to Battlefield for years. Everyone lost their mind when Call of Duty 4 came out and had a modern setting, but Battlefield 2 released two years prior and did the same thing. It also had larger-scale multiplayer, which was awesome to me.
Attempting to ride on the success of BF2, EA took the series into a future era with Battlefield 2142 and the response was…tepid. Most fans didn’t really care for the less realistic approach and the game had a lot of compatibility issues at launch (much like Battlefield still has to this day!). Now with Call of Duty taking the war into space, it looks like history is repeating itself.
I was always a huge fan of 2142, but the closure of the GameSpy servers two years ago rendered the game unplayable online. Fans have set out to recreate its sci-fi action with a new revival mod. Simply titled Battlefield 2142 Revive, the mod brings all of the action and unlocks from 2142 back into service.
While this isn’t official by any means, EA hasn’t put up much resistance (unlike some publishers). I don’t expect this to get shut down any time soon, unless a major internet crisis happens. I need to see if I still have my DVD laying around, because I’d love to actually see this game with a smooth framerate.