Those expecting to play Battlefield 5 on Oct. 19 will have to wait a bit longer. That’s because EA has announced the much-anticipated shooter will be pushed to Nov. 20 to improve gameplay.
DICE’s very own Oskar Gabrielson made the announcement in a blog post, citing player feedback as the major motivator for the delay.
“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,” Gabrielson said.
These events have seen a lot of feedback on a wide range of additions to the franchise, Gabrielson continued, and this feedback has resulted in some extra attention to areas of the game.
“With the Open Beta just around the corner, we are excited about the millions of you who will join us and experience the game,” Gabrielson continued. “And we fully expect to see even more feedback coming our way.
“And that’s why we’re moving our launch date. We’re going to take the time to continue to make some final adjustments to core gameplay, and to ensure we really deliver on the potential of Tides of War.”
Frankly, we’re relieved by this announcement. Delayed games are often better as a result of extra time and polish. Bioshock Infinite and Grand Theft Auto IV both faced some major delays, and those two titles are among some of my favourite games.
Battlefield 5 will still drop in time for the holiday season. It is expected to hit PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 20, 2018.