You won’t be playing Battlefield 2042 on the original launch day. EA Games and DICE have delayed the game from 22 October and it will now release on 19 November 2021. EA says the delay has been brought on due to unforeseen challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic. We have kind of guessed this delay would arrive after the game’s private technical test was cancelled on PS5 and the beta still hasn’t been dated.
EA Games and DICE has assured fans that the game is going to be massive and it is the biggest development project they have ever taken on. With that being said, there is a reason for concern. This is now the third game to suffer a delay this week alone. Dying Light 2 was pushed from December 2021 to February 2022. In addition, Frogwares also delayed the PS4 and Xbox One version of Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One.
By the sound of things, the PS4 and Xbox One consoles might be holding back the development of these new games more than we think. The same thing happened last year to Cyberpunk 2077 as CD Projekt Red delayed the game multiple times and released it in a rocky state. The game was almost unplayable on PS4 and Xbox One.
While EA Games and DICE has not confirmed the delay of Battlefield 2042 is due to this hardware, we do know the consoles will offer a toned-down experience with smaller multiplayer matches and no destructible environments. DICE studio general manager Oskar Gabrielson said in a statement:
“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.”
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