Battlefield 2042 is the next title in the large-scale fighting FPS franchise. The game will take place in the near future during a war for the remaining natural resources on the planet. In this conflict, the world superpowers chose not to use their armed forces and hired countless mercenaries without a homeland, who decided to abandon their nationalities after the first natural disasters that the planet suffered.
Recently EA announced that the new title will be postponed, thus confirming some rumors that were already circulating regarding the matter. The game was thus postponed to November 19th, almost a month after the October 22nd start date.
Oskar Gabrielson, the current director general of DICE, explained to the audience that the postponement of the new title is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the difficulties of creating an innovative game mainly from home.
“Building the next generation of Battlefield during a global pandemic created unforeseen challenges for our development teams,” explained Grabielson. “Due to the scale and vision of the game, we expected our teams to come back together in the studios as we get closer to release.”
The general director further explained that due to these conditions the teams felt they should pay more attention to the game before it could be released.
However, this decision could have affected the future of Battlefield 2042. The original release date put this title as the first FPS game to be released this season. The new release plan, however, puts it between the dates of Call of Duty: Vanguard and Halo Infinite. Due to this the large-scale combat franchise may see its numbers slightly below the expected average, as it has not fully recovered from the commercial failure of Battlefield V and its two rival titles are highly anticipated this year.
Despite all this, fans will still receive Battlefield 2042 this year unlike other games that have already been pushed back to 2022. DICE has also promised to share more details about the public Beta towards the end of the month.