KEY POINTS

  • "Battlefield 2042" has been delayed to Nov. 19
  • DICE cited development issues brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Whether or not the upcoming open beta will be affected is unknown

Hours after rumors spread on the internet that “Battlefield 2042” has been pushed back, EA confirmed that the game will indeed be delayed, but not by much.

The developers said in a tweet that they have delayed the release of “Battlefield 2042” due to “unforeseen circumstances” related to the COVID-19 pandemic that affected the speed of production. However, fans won’t have to wait too long as the release date has only been moved back by one month.

The game was originally set to release on Oct. 22. However, due to the delay, it will now go live on Nov. 19.

“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 extra time to deliver on the vision of 'Battlefield 2042' for our players,” DICE Studio GM Oskar Gabrielson said in a statement.

DICE has been oddly quiet about the development of “Battlefield 2042” despite the demands of fans to see more of the game since it’s only a few months until release. Fans’ worries were realized upon the announcement of the delay, but not everyone was disappointed with the news.

Some users over at Reddit breathed a sigh of relief upon hearing news of the delay. Fans felt that the game was simply not ready to be released within a few weeks’ time, based on the leaked footage from the technical alpha and the recently-shared teaser featuring the game’s Specialist classes. Some said that “Battlefield 2042” looked rough around the edges, while others said the graphics looked muddy.

The new release date hasn’t sparked much optimism in some gamers, however. Skeptical players are doubting whether or not a month is enough to polish the game. On the other hand, other “Battlefield” fans are simply glad that the game wasn’t delayed to 2022 like many of the other titles that were supposed to launch this year.

DICE did not mention if the upcoming open beta will be affected by the game’s launch delay but said new information will be coming “later this month.”

Battlefield 2042 is bringing some changes to vehicles to accommodate the larger map sizes Battlefield 2042 is bringing some changes to vehicles to accommodate the larger map sizes Photo: Electronic Arts