There is going to be a bit of a longer wait for Battlefield V as the official release date for the game is now set to November 20th for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions of the game. For those keeping track, that is a whole month longer that we will have to wait to see what DICE has for us in this new game. That is unless you are taking part in the Open Beta, which kicks off on September 6th. Then you will be able to see a version of Battlefield V that will be close to complete but not exactly what we have been waiting for from the game since EA first showed it off to the world. It is an extra month, but it may all be worth it if they actually do what they are saying they will do with the time.
With the announcement of the delay for Battlefield V came the reasons, and for the first time in forever it sounds like it is not just the generic "more polish" excuse. It looks like the team is taking in the feedback from E3, Gamescom, and the upcoming beta to help tweak and shape the game into what we are looking for. Never mind the work being done on their new live service coming just for Battlefield V here. Yet another reason I see for the delay on top of trying to make a game that gamers want and not another cash grab for the company. At least that is the hope here based on what they have to officially say about the matter.
Today, we’re announcing that Battlefield V will have a new launch date — November 20, 2018. I wanted to give you a little bit of insight into how we arrived at this new date.
Over the summer, we’ve had tens of thousands of players get their hands on the game during our Closed Alphas and at E3 and Gamescom — where we were honored to receive the awards for Best Multiplayer Game at both shows.
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.
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.
We believe we have one of the best Battlefield games ever on our hands. A game that will deliver on an emotional journey through the return of unseen single player War Stories, a deep multiplayer experience, Battle Royale, along with our new live service, Tides of War — a journey across multiple theaters of WW2 and designed to keep our community together.
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.
We know moving the launch date means that we all have to wait a little longer. But we’re going to take our time to make sure we get it right.
Thank you for your continued passion and support. We can’t wait to see you on the battlefield in just a few days.
While I am sure that DICE will be trying to use the extra time to do what they are claiming above, I do have a feeling there is another real reason for Battlefield V's delay. I would venture a guess that someone over there took a look at the release schedule in general and saw that Battlefield V was going to be going up against a whole lot of other titles at the same time and they opted to take the extra time to shift it to a date where we may be looking for a new title to take up our time. Between Black Ops 4 and Assassin's Creed alone, they have some big names to compete with for the original schedule. The new Nov. 20th date will be a nice buffer to let those titles die down and have us completely ready for a new FPS title before the holidays.
What do you think about the new delay for Battlefield V and do you think that these are the only reasons that they opted to push it back? Do you think that it is to work on their new Live Service for the game more than anything or will it be used to truly balance everything for day one? Do you think that the release of so many other titles at the same time was the reason or did EA just put the game up against other larger titles? Let us have all of those thoughts down in the comments and then feel free to discuss. As we have more to update for Battlefield V, we will add them here. Keep your eyes on the site for all of those as they will surely come in due time.