Battlefield V delayed until November 20th as DICE look to polish core gameplay mechanics.
Dice and EA have confirmed that Battlefield V’s launch has been delayed. The game was set to launch in mid-October, putting it right between Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Red Dead Redemption. This was arguably the worst time to launch a game, especially one with a lukewarm reception like BFV.
The reported pre-orders for BFV were well behind those of COD, or Red Dead and fans had hit out over the lack of authenticity. Yesterday, the game was delayed until November 20th, to help polish out specific mechanics and listen to community feedback.
In a statement on the EA website, Oskar Gabrielson, General Manager of DICE said:
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.”
Improvements to the core gameplay experience will undoubtedly help avoid a buggy launch; like the ones that plagued BF4 and BF1. However, EA took a massive hit on the stock market, with shares plunging by nearly 10% according to CNBC.
While this isn’t good news for EA shareholders, delaying the game might be great news for players. Having a much more polished game after spending close to £60 certainly feels a lot better than having to download a giant day-one patch. It will also feel good for anyone torn between buying Black Ops 4 or BFV. Now with the delay, you will have much more time and get both titles.
With an open Beta starting next week, it will be interesting to see how much different the final game is when it launches in late November.