Battlefield 2042 (opens in new tab), which was slated to release on October 22, has been delayed. Electronic Arts announced today that because of "unforeseen challenges" created by the Covid-19 pandemic, it has elected to push the game to November 19 (opens in new tab).
"Building the next generation of Battlefield during a global pandemic has created unforeseen challenges for our development teams," DICE studio general manager Oskar Gabrielson said in a statement.
"Given the scale and scope of the game, we had hoped our teams would be back in our studios together as we move towards launch. With the ongoing conditions not allowing that to happen safely, and with all the hard work the teams are doing from home, we feel it is important to take the extra time to deliver on the vision of Battlefield 2042 for our players."
An update from the Battlefield team pic.twitter.com/K53VNM2tTzSeptember 15, 2021
The delay is disappointing, but Battlefield 2042 shows real promise. The new Battlefield Portal (opens in new tab), which enables players to make and share custom game types using assets from multiple Battlefield games including 1942, Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 3, was "instantly the most exciting part" of the game we saw when we checked it out in July, and there's also a new game mode called Hazard Zone (opens in new tab) that looks like Escape from Tarkov mixed with a bit of Hunt: Showdown.
It's not clear how the delay will impact the upcoming open beta, which was expected to go live sometime in September. EA said that updates on that front "will be coming later this month."