The delay has been confirmed by EA. Although thankfully it’s only been put back a few weeks, to November 19.
‘Building the next generation of Battlefield during a global pandemic has created unforeseen challenges for our development teams. Given the scale and scope of the game, we had hoped our teams would be back in our studios together as we move towards launch’, said developer DICE in a statement.
‘With the ongoing conditions not allowing that to happen safely, and with all the hard work the teams are doing from home, we feel it is important to take the extra time to deliver on the vision of Battlefield 2042 for our players.’
What’s currently unclear is whether that new date refers to the standard edition or the Gold and Ultimate Editions. Previously, the date EA has quoted, if only one is mentioned, is the standard edition, so it’s likely the new date for the more expensive version is now November 12.
Since there won’t be an update on the open beta dates until later in the month it seems that the delay has only just been decided upon, so we’ll update this story if there’s any clarification.
The new date puts the game much closer to Call Of Duty: Vanguard, which is out on November 5, but beyond delaying into next year it seems EA didn’t have much choice.
Multiple rumours point towards a delay for Battlefield 2042, although its unclear if it’ll be for weeks or months.
This year has already seen numerous delays, from games big and small, with Dying Light 2 announcing its change of release date this this week. But supposedly it won’t be the only game to suffer a similar fate.
Following Dying Light 2’s delay, VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb suggested that another game would announce a delay this week, but since he gave no hint as to which one there was nothing more to go on.
Now however, three separate sources have suggested that the game in question is Battlefield 2042, although it’s unclear how far exactly it’ll be pushed back.
Grubb has proven very reliable in terms of rumours this year and so too has Tom Henderson, who says that his sources suggest a reveal of several weeks, until late November.
YouTuber DEALER and XboxEra co-founder Nick Baker don’t have quite the same track record, but they have proven accurate in the past and they claim that the game will actually be delayed into 2022.
What this may mean is simply that EA hasn’t decided yet and while there is a delay announcement coming the decision on what the new release date will be hasn’t been made yet.
There are already other signs that Battlefield 2042 may have been delayed, as a promised beta test still hasn’t confirmed a date, despite earlier rumours suggesting an early September start.
The game’s third major mode, Hazard Zone, is also still yet to be announced, with no indication of when that might take place.
Officially, the game’s release date is still October 15, although that’s only if you buy the more expensive Gold or Ultimate Editions. The standard edition releases a week later, on October 22… or at least that was the original idea.
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