It seems to be delay season this week. First was Total War: Warhammer 3, then it was Dying Light 2, and now the highly anticipated next entry in the Battlefield series has also been delayed. Thankfully not by long though, but due to “unforeseen challenges” Battlefield 2042 is now launching in November 2021.
Originally, BF2042 was supposed to launch on October 22nd, but recent rumors reported the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges during development, which EA confirmed recently: “We’ve made the decision to shift the launch of Battlefield 2042,” EA said in an official statement. “The game will be released worldwide on November 19th, 2021.”
“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.”
There’s no indication whether this will be affecting the planned Open Beta for BF2042, as EA announced a while ago that it will be coming in September (and rumors have recently pointed towards September 22nd). With the delay, it’s possible the Beta will now get pushed back until October instead, but EA did mention that updates on exactly this “will be coming later this month.”
Battlefield has always been a major competitor against Activision’s Call of Duty franchise, and with the next game, Call of Duty: Vanguard, launching on November 5th, that’s only a two week window to leave for some breathing room. We’ll just have to wait and see how this affects players.
What do you think? Are you excited for Battlefield 2042? Do you think the Beta will also be delayed? How will this affect COD players and vice versa? Let us know your thoughts!