Just recently, General Manager of DICE, Oskar Gabrielson, took to the company’s official website to update gamers that Battlefield V has been delayed from October 19th to November 20th, 2018. The first-person shooter is still set to hit PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
There’s no denying that controversy has surrounded Battlefield V and depending on where you go you’ll find disgruntled gamers and fans alike talking about Patrick Söderlund’s statements made in an interview with Gamasutra, and then some.
Controversy aside, taking a look at the competition Battlefield V had to contend with, the game would release between Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (October 12, 2018), and Red Dead Redemption 2 (October 26, 2018) until EA and DICE delayed the first-person shooter to November 20th.
You can read the letter that General Manager of DICE, Gabrielson, posted up on ea.com right here:
“Today, we’re announcing that Battlefield V will have a new launch date – November 20, 2018.”
Gabrielson would go on to say that the team is adjusting the gameplay tempo, improving soldier visibility and reducing player friction, which will be reflected in the September 6th open beta. He continues in the letter stating:
“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.”
Gabrielson and crew know that moving Battlefield V will only separate the title from eager gamers that want to get their hands on it this October, but the delay is said to improve the overall experience to get “things right.”
“We know moving the launch date means that we all have to wait a little longer. But we’re going to take our time to make sure we get it right.
Thank you for your continued passion and support. We can’t wait to see you on the battlefield in just a few days.”
This letter comes right after an interesting rumor that publication site mp1st.com posted up, which claims EA won’t let Battlefield V “under-perform too drastically,” and some of the contingency plans the publisher has is to make the game’s battle royale mode “free-to-play” with bonuses for those who own Battlefield V to make up “revenue difference.”
The rumor also claims that EA and DICE are considering something “huge” as part of the game’s post-release content if it needs to boost sales of the 2018 Battlefield game.
It’s best to take that rumor with a grain of salt, but at the same time, this could fit into the delay plan that EA and DICE have just executed to boost potential sales moving forward.
We’ll see what EA and DICE have in store for gamers when the early September beta rolls around and when the game’s official launch hits the gaming scene late November.