So is was COVID's fault that you decided to remove basic functions the scoreboard?
Sounds more like an easy scapegoat.
Of course it is a scapegoat. "Buuuut working from home is HARD", fuck off mate. You were ON RECORD in early 2021 saying that 2042 was "ahead of schedule" and coming along nicely. You cancelled the singleplayer campaign so all teams could focus exclusively on the multiplayer aspect. You have developers posting retarded twitter posts mere weeks before launch that "everything is going to be great. Trust us fam" and other such nonsense.
Covid didn't dictate a fundamental change in gameplay mechanics and design: replace classes with tediously designed and poorly balanced specialists, create profoundly bland and poorly balanced maps, lack of weapon choices, massive setback in animation, audio and visual detail, etc. The list is endless.
Blaming Covid is the coward's way out. Typical Andrew Wilson, typical EA. You fucked up spectacularly but instead of owning up you blame Covid. What a piss poor manager. Absolutely terrible. Take some responsibility, you fucking hack.