Electronic Arts has officially announced a new release date for their upcoming fall first-person shooter title Battlefield V.
A lot of first-person shooter players are excited about Battlefield V but this hype does not blind them to the fact that the month of October is a challenging month for releasing a AAA title. It has often been seen as both the best and worst month to launch a title because there’s always a lot of stiff competition and publishers do want to get their big titles out before the holiday season starts. This is why it is so imperative to publishers that they have a flawless launch day, where competition is semi-limited and this is why Electronic Arts has decided to delay Battlefield V for a late November release date. DICE General Manager Oskar Gabrielson was able to talk about the decision in a sincere and heartfelt blog post on the Electronic Arts website.
In the blog post, Gabrielson mentioned that “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.”
The beta feedback was overwhelming and the team immediately went to work on fixes, improvements, and tweaks to beloved ideas. They also mentioned that those very same changes will be reflected in the Open Beta on September 6th.
The General Manager added, “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.”
Battlefield V was originally planned to release on October 16th for deluxe Edition purchasers and October 19th for those who purchased the game’s standard edition. This had the first-person shooter going up against genre revival Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2, but this is no longer the case. The new release date for the game is November 20th, which is still great news as that means that the title will be released before the holidays and that there will be more time for developers to iron out whatever kinks are in the game.
While this news does mean that die-hard Battlefield players will have to wait a little bit longer to get their hands on the franchise’s latest title it also does mean that developers are fully committed to creating a dynamic and new Battlefield experience. It is a necessary step that the company is willing to take after all of the scandal that has surrounded the game since it’s reveal trailer debuted back in May.
Battlefield V will be available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on November 20th.
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