The saga of Battlefield V rumbles on, this time with the announcement of a delay. Battlefield V is now due to launch on November 20th, 2018, compared to its previous target of October 19th.
Over the summer, Battlefield V has been playable at various gaming shows as well as available to a limited audience through its closed alpha tests.
“You have told us that you are seeing an increased focus on squad play come through, you are also feeling the difference in our revamped player movement and we are getting a lot of positive feedback for our improved weapons handling,” writes Oskar Gabrielson, general manager at DICE, in a statement to fans.
“You’ve also spurred us to make some meaningful improvements to the core gameplay experience, including adjusting the gameplay tempo, improving soldier visibility and reducing player friction. You’ll see a lot of these reflected in our Open Beta that starts on September 6.
“With the Open Beta just around the corner, we are excited about the millions of you who will join us and experience the game. And we fully expect to see even more feedback coming our way.
“And that’s why we’re moving our launch date. We’re going to take the time to continue to make some final adjustments to core gameplay, and to ensure we really deliver on the potential of Tides of War.”
It’s the usual polishing up and fine-tuning we’ve come to expect from a delay then, although we have a sneaking suspicion the growing unrest as to what will actually be in Battlefield V at launch didn’t help. There’s been a lot of back and forth as to whether Grand Operations would be ready, more recently whether co-op would be finished, and also whether the Tides of War would be good to go at launch.
This delay gives DICE an extra month of breathing room to get things ready, which can never be a bad thing. It also moves Battlefield a month away from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Red Dead Redemption 2, a pair of games you really don’t want to be going head-to-head with.
Battlefield V will now be launching on November 20th worldwide, for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.