What emerged as a rumor from the previous week, today came true. Electronic Arts and DICE announced that Battlefield 2042 will wait until November 19. Initially, the company’s plan was to launch it on October 22, so the postponement, fortunately, is not that long. However, this decision will allow Call of Duty: Vanguard to reach stores before its main rival.
The first reliable report on the delay of Battlefield 2042 came from Jeff Grubb, a journalist for GamesBeat and one of the most trusted sources in the industry. However, the reality is that the fears arose for a couple of weeks, because DICE stopped providing information on beta availability. The testing phase should have seen the light this week, a plan that obviously did not materialize.
The pandemic, to blame for the delay of Battlefield 2042
As has been the custom with other video game lags in recent months, DICE explains that the pandemic pandemic harmed the development process of Battlefield 2042. “Making the next-generation Battlefield during a global pandemic has created unforeseen challenges for our development teams,” the Swedish studio said, adding:
“Given the scale and scope of the game, we expected our teams to return to the studios as we progressed toward launch. With the current conditions, which don’t allow that to happen safely, and with all the hard work that the teams are making from home, we believe it is important to take some extra time to fulfill the vision for Battlefield 2042 that players are looking forward to. Your enthusiasm for the game has been very inspiring. We believe in the game we are making and thank you for your patience as we play we put some finishing touches on the experience. “
Despite the bad news, DICE promises that this month they will release more details about the Battlefield 2042 beta. While it is true that a delay prevents, in most cases, launching an incomplete game, it is also true that date change could hurt Battlefield 2042. The reason? Call of Duty: Vanguard, its direct competition, will have the opportunity to enter the market first on November 5.