EA has made the announcement that it's delaying the launch of its upcoming military first-person shooter Battlefield 2042 to November 2021 for PC and consoles.
We got our first hints of Battlefield 2042 earlier this summer when a leak revealed the name of the next Battlefield game. We later learned about cross-play, cross-progression, and a new "cross-commerce" system that lets you use your in-game purchases on all platforms. Check out the latest gameplay trailer to see what's in store!
The next Battlefield game is also making some surprising changes to its long-running "Class" system -- a mechanic that has heavily featured in the franchise since the original Battlefield 2042. This new game will instead feature ten "Specialists" and allow players unprecedented freedom to modify their loadouts; the first five Specialists were revealed earlier this month.
As you can see from the above trailer, everything is looking pretty darn good. Everyone was ramping up to jump into the fray, but EA has made the decision to make us wait a few weeks longer to play it.
When is the Battlefield 2042 Release Date?
The new Battlefield 2042 release date is Friday, November 19, 2021, according to a tweet on the official Battlefield account. That's exactly four weeks after its originally announced launch date of October 22, 2021.
"We've made the decision to shift the launch of Battlefield 2042," the announcement began. "The game will now be released worldwide on November 19th, 2021."
"Building the next generation of Battlefield during a global pandemic has created unforeseen challenges for our development teams," the announcement continued. "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."
Delays due to the challenges of the pandemic are nothing particularly new these days -- everything from video game developers to indie tabletop developers have faced all sorts of problems trying to work in this uncertain environment. For now, you can pre-purchase Battlefield 2042 via its official website starting at $59.99 or your regional equivalent.
Are you disappointed by the Battlefield 2042 release date delay? Do you think the game will live up to the previous "modern" style releases in the Battlefield franchise? Let us know in the comments below!