Battlefield 2042 delayed to November. However, the multiplayer-only game will still arrive this year.
Battlefield 2042 won’t make its intended release date. Developer DICE announced Wednesday that the game had been delayed until Nov. 19, nearly a month after its originally planned release date of Oct. 22.
In a statement released on Twitter, DICE general manager Oskar Gabrielson explained that the delay was largely due to the challenges of working from home during the pandemic.
Battlefield 2042 Delayed
Battlefield 2042, which was slated to release on October 22, has been delayed. Electronic Arts announced today that because of “unforeseen challenges” created by the Covid-19 pandemic, it has elected to push the game to November 19.
“Building the next generation of Battlefield during a global pandemic has created unforeseen challenges for our development teams,” DICE studio general manager Oskar Gabrielson said in a statement.
“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. However, 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.”
The delay is disappointing, but Battlefield 2042 shows real promise. The new Battlefield Portal, which enables players to make and share custom game types using assets from multiple Battlefield games, including 1942, Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 3, was “instantly the most exciting part” of the game we saw when we checked it out in July. There’s also a new game mode called Hazard Zone that looks like Escape from Tarkov mixed with a bit of Hunt: Showdown.
What is more to shock you.
A Battlefield 2042 delay could be in the offing if multiple rumors from respected sources are believed.
The rumors began when VentureBeat Jeff Grubb tweeted earlier today, on September 15, that “more delays coming this week,” after the Dying Light 2 delay that was announced yesterday.
This was followed by @Dealer_Gaming claiming that Battlefield 2042 was being delayed into 2022, with @Shpeshal_Nick responding in the thread to confirm he had similar rumors. However, he added the slight caveat that the delay is “not necessarily 2022“. After this, Roberto Serrano tweeted an image of the GameStop Italy site that had changed the Battlefield 2042 release date to a generic placeholder of December 31, 2021.
Another reason fans have been getting restless when it comes to Battlefield 2042 is the recent consternation of the Battlefield 2042 beta dates, with the Reddit community wondering when more details about the beta would be shared, considering it’s due to go live at some point in September. With no official dates set in stone just yet for the beta, it adds another element of credence to these rumors.
All in all, there’s a fair few people with a history of getting leaks right, suggesting that the Battlefield 2042 release date of October 22 is looking dicey at best. Of course, this all remains a rumor for now, but we’ve got in touch with EA for an official comment on the speculation. While we didn’t hear back before the time of publication, we’ll update this article when we do.
The Bottom Line
Battlefield 2042 features a playable soldier performed by Michael K. Williams, who passed away earlier in September. Although EA said it was working with Williams’ team to “respectfully plan his representation in-game going forward.” it didn’t mention Williams in the delay announcement.
It’s been a long road to release for Battlefield 2042 already, as DICE took an extra year to develop the game to help give developers more time to make the most out of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. As a result, the game supports 128 players on those platforms, compared to 64 on PS4 and Xbox One.
Plenty of games planned for 2021 have shifted to 2022 due to the impact of the pandemic and other factors. For more, check out the 9to5game roundup of all the games delayed so far.