EA has officially delayed its upcoming multiplayer-only FPS game, Battlefield 2042 with it now set to launch on November 19th.
The delay was announced yesterday in the mid-afternoon on Battlefield‘s Twitter account which revealed the COVID-19 pandemic created unforeseen development challenges. In addition to the delay, Battlefield 2042‘s beta has been delayed from September to October. According to Battlefield leaker, Tom Henderson the beta will start on October 6th for early access players, which are players who preordered the game and the beta will open up to everyone else on October 8th.
“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,” the Battlefield 2042 developer, DICE wrote in a statement.
“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 delay itself is not that surprising as earlier in that day industry heavyweight, Jeff Grubb hinted on his Discord that a Battlefield 2042 delay is coming. He added a bit later on his Nintendo Podcast, Last of the Nintendogs that the game wouldn’t be delayed out to 2022 and is still slated to release this year. Henderson added that he heard the game would be delayed “by several weeks and not months” but the delay was still being determined by EA internally at the time.
Battlefield 2042 is the first new game in the series since Battlefield 5 (2018), it was revealed that it was set to release on October 22nd during EA Play, hosted by WWE Superstar, Xavier Woods aka Austin Creed back in July.
That date has shifted by almost one month, Battlefield 2042 is set to launch on November 19th on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.