2021 continues to cause issues within the entertainment industry as various films, TV shows, and games have been delayed to allow additional time for development or fit in with a better release window. The latest victim being EA’s Battlefield 2042, which is now releasing 19 November 2021.
Initially launching on 22 October, a tweet from the official Battlefield Twitter account announced the news earlier this week. Thankfully, it is only a minor delay and not as lengthy as other anticipated games, such as Dying light 2. The Battlefield titles have typically been released in October, besides Battlefield V, which was also released in November.
An update from the Battlefield team pic.twitter.com/K53VNM2tTz
— Battlefield (@Battlefield) September 15, 2021
In the tweet from DICE studio General Manager Oskar Gabrielson stated, “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.”
This does mean that instead of launching before competitor Activision’s Call of Duty: Vanguard, Battlefield 2042 will now release three weeks after its rival. Not exactly an ideal change for a major franchise from EA. It’s safe to say that this delay was detrimental to the game releasing in the best condition possible. The title also suffered another loss recently with the passing of actor Michael K. Williams who plays a significant role in the campaign.
Battlefield 2042 is hotly anticipated for a multitude of reasons, but mostly due to the fact that the series is returning to the modern setting that made it famous, coupled with the bombastic and over-the-top multiplayer matches that make the series a mainstay in the online arena. Funnily enough, Call of Duty: vanguard is doing the opposite by returning to the WW2 era that made that franchise popular in its early days.
Here is hoping that there are no further delays for this title or any others. In any case, nothing is set in stone anymore as Horizon: Forbidden West and God of War: Ragnarok, among others, were also delayed in the past few months due to the ongoing pandemic. 2022 is looking to be an absolutely stacked year for game releases, though.