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The publisher said it had decided to push back the game’s release by a month because of “unforeseen challenges” for the game’s development team.
DICE studio GM Oskar Gabrielson said on Wednesday: “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.”
Updates on the open beta will be coming later this month, EA said.
Multiple sources had claimed on Wednesday that the shooter was due to slip. With just a month until its official release, EA still hadn’t confirmed specific plans for a promised Battlefield 2042 beta test, or detailed the shooter’s third major game mode.
The standard edition of Battlefield 2042 was previously due to release on October 22. However, players who choose to pre-order the Battlefield 2042 Gold Edition were set to receive early access to the game beginning on October 15.
It was recently claimed that the Battlefield 2042 beta release date has been set for September 22. It’s not yet clear if the delay to the main game will also see the beta slip.
A significant number of high profile games have been delayed this year as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt production schedules.
According to a survey published in April, almost half of developers have seen their game suffer delays as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic