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Battlefield V has been delayed

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Last night, DICE General Manager, Oskar Gabrielson, announced via a blog post that Battlefield V is delayed, and I am not surprised. Just yesterday, we talked about DICE Executive Producer, Aleks Grøndal's response to the Battlefield V customization controversy, and listening to that interview it sounded like DICE still had a lot of work to do before the October release date. He was even asked pointedly - how many of the things that came to light from the two alphas will be fixed on launch day; to which he replied: "Quite a lot."

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He also stated that "When the game goes live it is like a constant open beta, and all the feedback that comes in are things we constantly try to improve." I am glad DICE is pushing the release date back for one month so that the final product will feel less like an "open beta" and more like a polished game.

Not to mention that the open beta goes live in a few days, and with the previous release date of 19 October, they were cutting things too close. The new launch day is November 20, so that adds valuable time for DICE to further tweak the game based on feedback from the open beta. October will also see a string of blockbuster game releases like Red Dead Redemption 2, Black Ops 4, Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, Forza 4, so moving Battlefield V to November is a good move.

"We believe we have one of the best Battlefield games ever on our hands," explains Gabrielson. "And that’s why we’re moving our launch date. 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."

Gabrielson also lists a few specific things DICE is currently working on based on feedback from the last alpha. These are; adjusting the gameplay tempo, improving soldier visibility and reducing player friction. Currently, the open beta end date on PlayStation is scheduled for 11 September, but DICE might extend it because of the new release date. 

In case you missed it, here are the most important details again.

  • Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • Pre-loading: September 3, at 8:00 UTC (10:00 South African time)
  • Start date for EA & Origin Access & Origin Premier: September 4
  • Start date for pre-orders: September 4
  • Start date for the public: 06 September

If you're a PC gamer, then you can also check out the spec requirements here.

The Gamescom embargo lifted earlier this week, so there are a lot of YouTube videos available that show footage from the Rotterdam map. It is important to know that the open beta will basically have the same build, just with a few extra tweaks and more features. Below is a video from JackFrags showing over 30 minutes of gameplay.

Check out his footage of the M30 Luftwaffe drilling survival weapon at 2.54 minutes. This weapon is a shotgun and a rifle combined and is great for one-shot kills. Keep in mind that its loading time is longer than other weapons. You can sneak up for a headshot with the rifle, then rush in to take down more enemies with the shotgun. JackFrag also runs through some of the weapon customizations - nothing affects gameplay, it is all cosmetic.

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