Battlefield V delayed to make 'final adjustments' to gameplay

Electronic Arts has been ramping up for the next major entry to its flagship shooter franchise with Battlefield V. Although its initial unveiling was faced with mixed responses, significant changes to multiplayer are making for a strong blockbuster this fall. And while still on track for a 2018 release, you'll now be waiting a little longer to hit the frontlines.

As detailed in a blog post from Oskar Gabrielson, General Manager of DICE, the team now plans to release Battlefield V on November 20, 2018. This provides a one-month delay from the originally scheduled October 19 launch, coincidentally moving the title further from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Red Dead Redemption 2.

While Gabrielson remains proud of its achievements with Battlefield V, the publisher claims the delay will allow for "final adjustments to core gameplay" based on player feedback. Its closed testing and trade show presence has already sourced feedback, and its upcoming September 6 beta test will provide more data to reflect upon. For more details on the decision, be sure to read the full statement.

Battlefield V may not have received the attention it deserves leading up to launch, yet the game still shaping up strongly from our time so far. Bringing forward some of the best elements from predecessors, its gameplay feels fast and fluid, only bolstered by a new range of core animations. In the meantime, be sure to check out our roundup of all the details so far, ahead of its newly-scheduled debut.

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  • That's fine with me (whatever the actual reason). I just want them to get the game right. BF1 (aside from the campaign) IMO was horrible. Hopefully, they don't botch V up.
  • I agree, the BF1 campaign got it right from the beginning but the multiplayer, while it wasn't horrible, lacked something and I can't put my finger on what it is.
  • The real reason is they don't want to launch the game anywhere near RDR2 or COD. The multiplayer was just boring. Takes to long to respawn, maps are too large for team slayer. Takes forever to start a multiplayer game(waiting on others)It's nice it has up to 64 players but that doesn't really add anything. I was playing MW2 last night and it's way more fun and enjoyable.
  • Cod is popcorn and BF is meat and potatoes. The two are not the same and should not be judged as the same. I personally hate COD run and gun. Having said that BF1 lacked the oomph of other BF games because they tried to make it a mix of BF and Battlefront games imo.
  • Just bought BF1 for $10 on sale. I'm glad I didn't spend more. BF4 was my fav for years and BF1 is just clunky. Game mechanics are painful at best. I'm guessing BFV is going to more of the same. Looks to be identical game engine.