Battlefield 2042 delayed to November 19

Battlefield 2042 Portal
Battlefield 2042 Portal (Image credit: Electronic Arts)

What you need to know

  • Battlefield 2042 was originally scheduled to launch on Oct. 22, 2021.
  • EA and DICE announced that Battlefield 2042 is delayed to Nov. 19, 2021.
  • This delay aims to provide teams at DICE and other contributing studios additional time to finish polishing varying aspects of the project.

DICE and Electronic Arts' upcoming near-future first-person shooter Battlefield 2042 is delayed to November 19, 2021, the team confirmed via Twitter. Battlefield 2042 was originally slated to arrive on Oct 22, but like many other games over the last 18 months, development has been impacted by the ongoing effects of the pandemic.

The first Battlefield 2042 beta is currently expected to start sometime in the coming couple of weeks but there's no exact date right now. DICE already held a closed technical test for Battlefield 2042, designed to stress test the servers and other aspects of the game.

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"Building the next generation of Battlefield during a global pandemic has created unforseen challenges for our development teams. Given the scale and scope of the game, we had hoped our teams would be back in their studios together as we move towards launch," DICE explains. "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."

Development of Battlefield 2042 is being led by DICE, with support work from other EA Worldwide Studios including Criterion, EA Gothenburg, Industrial Toys, and Ripple Effect, the latter of which has developed the new Portal mode for the game.

Battlefield 2042 is coming to Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4 and PC. The current-generation and PC versions of the game feature much larger multiplayer maps, as well as the ability to support up to 128 players.

Samuel Tolbert
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