After Russia invaded Ukraine earlier this week, DICE has disabled the Battlefield 2042 weekly mission, and its reward (the skin of the fictional Russian Mi-240 Super Falcon attack helicopter) is no longer unlockable.
“Due to current events, we have disabled this week’s weekly quest system and this week’s rewards are no longer unlockable,” DICE tweeted. “Players who have completed this week’s tasks are not affected, and the weekly tasks will return next week.”
Due to current events, we have disabled this week’s weekly quest system and this week’s rewards are no longer available to unlock #Battlefield2042 Players who have completed this week’s quests will not be affected. Weekly quests will return next week. pic.twitter.com/Pnn1V1H9jKFebruary 25, 2022
This Battlefield Wiki Describes the Mi-240 Super Hind as an “evolution” of Russia’s actual Mi-24 attack helicopter. It looks very much like its real world, with a unique dual-cockpit design and small wings capable of mounting multiple weapon systems. The Grin Reaper skin is a classic shark tooth mouth pattern that appears on the nose of a helicopter.
This isn’t the first Russian cosmetic to bite EA’s ass in Battlefield 2042: In November 2021, it had to change the name of the little green man, an epic feat by expert Peter “Boris” Gukovsky skin, because it “inadvertently references real-world issues and does not reflect our team’s values.” The little green men are the name given to the irregular Russian army that took the lead in annexing Crimea in 2014.
It’s unclear what will happen to Grin Reaper cosmetics after the week-long suspension.Lead Community Manager Adam Freeman responded to a player asking if Grin Reaper would be coming in the future wrote“Not a decision we just made, but something we will discuss. When the weekly missions resume next week, it will bring different challenges and rewards.”
Several game companies, including CD Projekt, Bungie, 4A Games, Amanita Design, GOG, and others, have strongly opposed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and, in many cases, have pledged to provide financial support to victims.