UPDATE Wednesday 4:20 p.m. ET: EA has confirmed EA confirmed Wednesday that Battlefield 2042 will launch worldwide Nov. 19.
"Building the next generation Battlefield during a global pandemic has created unforeseen challenges for our development teams," said DICE studio general manager Oskar Gabrielson in 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 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."
Gabrielson said info on the open beta would arrive later this month.
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Has Battlefield 2042 been delayed? The next game in the venerable (and valuable) Battlefield franchise is currently set for release Oct. 22, but several journalists have claimed the game is looking at a delay set to be announced this week.
Has Battlefield 2042 Been Delayed?
Journalist Jeff Grubb started the rumor mill turning Tuesday when he tweeted that a "singular delay" would be announced this week. He didn't name the game in question, leaving it to YouTuber Dealer and Xbox Era journalist Nick Baker to claim he was referring to Battlefield 2042. That likelihood was reinforced by reliable Battlefield insider Tom Henderson, who tweeted that a discussion around a delay was ongoing internally.
"To be delayed by several weeks and not months which conflicts with the other rumors, but it's what I've heard," he said Wednesday. "late Nov 2021 is currently flying around."
Henderson also said the still-unannounced beta is still planned for Sept. 22.
"It seems like all of this is an unfolding thing right now internally - But we will definitely hear what's up by the end of the week."
EA has yet to comment on the rumored delay. The party line still has Battlefield 2042 releasing as planned Oct. 22, with pre-orders allowing access beginning Oct. 15.