Publisher EA Games and Developer DICE have announced today that Battlefield 5 will now be launching on November 20, a delay of around a month.
The developer announced the news over on the publisher’s website explaining that the team wants to make some “final adjustments to the core gameplay,” and that “we’re going to take our time to make sure we get it right”.
Now, given the state of previous launches, where the online portions have been practically unplayable for a few days due to “unexpected” player numbers, it’s nice to see that even this close to crunch time that EA and DICE are happy to push the game back somewhat to make it at least a little bit less of a shit show.
That being said, the game’s original release did put it smack bang in the middle of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Red Dead Redemption 2’s releases, so it’s likely that this made the decision to move the game back a bit, a little easier.
“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,” the developer wrote on EA’s website.
“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.”
In the post, the developer also adds that they believe that Battlefield 5 is going to be the best Battlefield game yet, with a meaningful campaign, deep multiplayer, Battle Royale, and of course the game’s live service, Tides of War.
“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,” the developer added.