Battlefield 2042 was set to release on 22 October for PC, Xbox, and PlayStation, with an open beta later this month. However, industry insiders Jeff Grubb from Venture Beat and DualShockers’ Tom Henderson claimed that the game could be delayed but will maintain its 2021 release. DICE and their supporting studios have now confirmed the leaks, stating that Battlefield 2042 will now launch on November 19, 2021, almost 4 weeks after its initial release date.
“Building the next generation of Battlefield during a global pandemic has created unforeseen challenges for our development teams,” Oskar Gabrielson, DICE General Manager issued a statement.
“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 for 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.”
The announcement also mentions that details regarding the Open Beta will be shared “later this month,” indicating that that the September 22 beta has been delayed in conjunction with the final product. According to Tom Henderson, the beta will now begin on October 6 for players who have pre-ordered Battlefield 2042, while the Open Beta launches on October 8 for everyone else.
It seems that this holiday season will be packed and eventful, with Battlefield 2042 releasing closer to Call of Duty: Vanguard and Halo: Infinite.