DICE delays the Battlefield V release date to November 2018 in order to make extra adjustments to the core gameplay experience. Earlier this year, the acclaimed video game developer revealed the franchise's return to World War II with Battlefield V - a title that not only represents the fifth, core Battlefield game but also the phrase "V for Victory" that was popularized during that time period. But instead of focusing on the major battles as they had done in the past, this time, the new installment aims to highlight the engagements most people don't know about.
Fans got their first real look at the game at E3 2018 in June and then at Gamescom 2018 in August. And they had the chance to finally go hands-on with the game during two closed alpha sessions throughout the summer. It seems that DICE learned a lot from the Battlefield community during those gameplay sessions, seeing as they plan on making quite a few adjustments to the title before launch later this year. But in order to make those changes, they, unfortunately, need to delay the game by one month to give themselves ample time to fine tune everything.
In a new blog post, DICE General Manager Oskar Gabrielson revealed that they are delaying Battlefield V from its initial October 19 release date to November 20. They arrived at this decision one week ahead of Battlefield V's open beta in early September. And they're delaying the game because they expect to receive even more feedback from the community soon. Ultimately, Gabrielson says, "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."
While Battlefield fans will have to wait an additional month to get their hands on the latest installment, this delay can only be good news for those who were initially hesitant to jump on board with Battlefield V following the closed alpha. Plus, this will give the studio the extra time they need to make sure they are delivering on all the new mechanics that they've promised since the beginning, such as the ability to drag teammates, which hasn't been available in any playable version of the game thus far. And who knows, perhaps the other studio working on the Battle Royale mode will have finished in time for it to release at launch along with the base game. It's something Battlefield V needs now that the Combined Arms co-op mode won't be available on day one.
What's more, this delay will free up October, which was already a crowded month with Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and Red Dead Redemption 2 all releasing. Now, Battlefield V will release just one week after Hitman 2 and Fallout 76, but all three games provide different experiences, so they shouldn't cannibalize each other's sales too much. Plus, it helps to be the most recent release going into the holiday season.
Source: Oskar Gabrielson