Electronic Arts has confirmed that the upcoming military shooter Battlefield 2042 will be released one month later than planned.
EA says that Battlefield 2042 will now launch worldwide on November 19, a month after the previously announced October 22 release date.
Explaining the change, DICE Studio general manager Oskar Gabrielson says:
“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. 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.
Your enthusiasm for the game has been very inspiring. We believe in the game we’re making, and we thank you for your patience as we put some finishing touches into the experience.”
The game’s delay is the latest in a long – but understandable – list of postponements. Many titles – such as Gran Turismo 7, Rainbow Six Extraction, and Gotham Knights – are now due in 2022, so an extra month’s wait for Battlefield fans shouldn’t be too hard to stomach.
How will this affect EA’s financials, we hear you as? Well, worry not. In the same press statement, the publisher also moves to assure money-minded investors:
“EA is reiterating our net bookings guidance for fiscal year 2022 provided on August 4, 2021, despite this change in launch date for Battlefield 2042.”
How will this affect the development team working hard to hit the release deadline?
Well, that’s another question entirely.
More news on the game’s open beta will be announced later this month.