Electronic Arts announces the month delay of due to ‘unforeseen challenges’ and yes you can probably guess what the ‘challenges’ were; the COVID-19 Pandemic and now the release date is set for November 19 2021.
DICE studios, who are the creators of the Battlefield series, was created in 1992 and has been a subsidiary of Electronic Arts since 2006 and their general manger said the following:
“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.”
The delay is upsetting but of course understandable considering the circumstances. Battlefield 2042 has been highly anticipated and rightly so, the new Battlefield portal enables players to make and share custom game types using assets from multiple Battlefield games including 1942, Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 3. There’s also a new game mode called Hazard Zone that looks like Escape from Tarkov mixed with a bit of Hunt: Showdown; very exciting stuff but it looks like we will have to wait at least another two months.
Nevertheless, A delay of less than a month is not the worst thing in the world and it seems very improbable that the game will be delayed again—at least not beyond the Christmas holiday. This is one of EA’s most prominent franchises and it is almost unthinkable that the publisher would miss the holiday window, no matter the state Battlefield 2042 may be in.
For us gamers, this means we will probably see the game’s open beta pushed into October since we still haven’t heard when that will take place. It also means that 2042 will fall directly between two of the other biggest first-person shooters of 2021.
Call Of Duty: Vanguard releases on November 5th and Halo: Infinite comes out on December 8th. November 19th fall right between the two. It’s also releasing much further from the release of Far Cry 6 on October 7th and the large-scale WWII shooter Hell Let Loose which comes out on consoles on October 5th so regardless of the delay, fans of first-person shooter games are in for one hell of a ride in this last quarter of the year. Game on!