Battlefield 2042 has been delayed from its initial October 22 release date, though it will still launch this year, EA announced today. The multiplayer-only shooter will now hit stores November 19, the publisher said in a statement.
Citing the complications of developing games with a work-from-home environment in the midst of a global pandemic—by now a familiar challenge for the countless game makers that have seen other high-profile 2021 games with earlier launches scuttled—DICE assured fans that the team is working on the finishing touches rather than any kind of development trouble. The developer also reiterated there would be updates later this month regarding 2042‘s open beta. In other words, this is pandemic-business-as-usual.
After Battlefield 2042‘s reveal during EA’s June E3-newstravaganza, EA announced that the game will feature three modes, none of which are battle royale-related: All-Out Warfare, the traditional BF deathmatch, finally upgrading to 128 players on next-gen consoles and PC; Battlefield Portal, a mashup mode that lets players customize matches with elements of Battlefield 1942, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3 inside 2042 maps; and Hazard Zone, an alleged squad-based mode that EA has thus far been mum on. Today’s announcement didn’t specify whether all three modes would launch with the game.
As far as the seemingly endless spate of 2021 delays are concerned, DICE’s isn’t catastrophic. Earlier this week, Techland confirmed its long-in-production Dying Light 2 is being pushed back to February 2, while Ubisoft also announced this week that its guitar-instruction game Rocksmith+ is shifting to 2022. Sony also recently announced that Horizon Forbidden West will move to February 28 from its original slated “late 2021” launch.