Electronic Arts and developer DICE announced a delay of about a month for Battlefield 2042, the latest in the long-running online multiplayer series. The new release date is November 19 on PC (Origin, Steam, Epic Games Store), PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox, and Xbox Series X/S.
Here is the full statement on the delay by DICE CEO Oskar Gabrielson, who primarily blamed the delay on the pandemic:
We’ve made the decision to shift the launch of Battlefield 2042. The game will now be released worldwide on November 19th, 2021.
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.
Your enthusiasm for the game has been very inspiring. We believe in the game we’re making, and we thank you for your patience as we put some finishing touches into the experience.
An update from the Battlefield team pic.twitter.com/K53VNM2tTz
— Battlefield (@Battlefield) September 15, 2021
An open beta is still being planned for later this month, but no details have been yet been announced.
Battlefield 2042 was announced earlier this year as a spiritual sequel to 2006’s Battlefield 2142. Unlike previous previous Battlefield games, 2042 will focus entirely on multiplayer and feature 10 specialist classes, three game modes, and the largest maps in series history.
Battlefield 2042 will launch on November 19. It has not yet been rated by the ESRB. Older games in the series (sans single-player) were rated T, but newer games garnered an M for Mature rating.