With the new release date for Battlefield V now being November 20, meaning that its release has been pushed out of the October window that included the likes of Call of Duty Black Ops 4 and Red Dead Redemption 2. The reasoning for the delay has been chalked up to additional fine-tuning of the multiplayer modes and the arrival of the exciting new Tides of War live service.
Which will see the arrival of new story content, missions, events, and large-scale operations on a regular basis. The following statement from Oskar Gabrielson, General Manager of DICE, was released alongside word of the delay.
Today, we’re announcing that Battlefield V will have a new launch date – November 20, 2018. I wanted to give you a little bit of insight into how we arrived at this new date.
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.
You have told us that you are seeing an increased focus on squad play come through, you are also feeling the difference in our revamped player movement and we are getting a lot of positive feedback for our improved weapons handling.
You’ve also spurred us to make some meaningful improvements to the core gameplay experience, including adjusting the gameplay tempo, improving soldier visibility and reducing player friction. You’ll see a lot of these reflected in our Open Beta that starts on September 6.
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.
With the Open Beta just around the corner, we are excited about the millions of you who will join us and experience the game. 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.
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.
Good to hear that it won't affect the current beta plans which are still on track to kick off next week. Aside from the official response above, there is a vocal contingent within the community pointing to recent revelations that Battlefield V pre-orders were far lower than expected - sparking a rethink of the marketing campaign. With the direct result of that being a new release date. In terms of direct outcome from this delay, which is also quite rare to happen so late into the year, EA share prices fell by nearly 10 percent.