You’ll have to wait a bit longer to experience the DICE version of World War 2, with the Battlefield V release date delayed until November. The game also known as Battlefield 5 was originally scheduled to arrive on October 19th, 2018, just one week after rival Call of Duty Black: Black Ops 4. Instead, publisher EA has announced a release for Xbox One, PS4 and PC on November 20th, 2018.
The change doesn’t have any effect for the start date of the Battlefield V Open Beta, which begins on September 6th.
So why is the Battlefield V release date delayed? The official statement from Oskar Gabrielson, the General Manager of DICE, doesn’t give a lot away.
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.
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…
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.
One interesting element highlighted as improved for the closed beta is the long term player friction and why people might stop playing. So it’s clear DICE want the game to have a long online life.
There’s a lot more detail, including changes to weapons and maps, a new focus on headshots more similar to Battlefield 3 than the most recent Battlefield One, and loads more. Speaking from experience, the biggest barrier to continuing with any Battlefield game has often been the menu and lobby system. No game is flawless, but getting a group of friends into a match on Battlefield One seems to take more messing around than anyone would reasonably expect, and every new addition to the options makes the menu system increasingly unmanageable. If DICE can finally fix that element, it might have a bigger impact on longevity than almost any other change they could make.
Anyway, with the Battlefield V release date delayed, you can remove Ovtober 19th from your diary, and put November 20th in instead. And it’ll mean you can give Call of Duty a little more attention before Battlefield arrives to give it some new competion.