What Does Battlefield V’s Delayed Release Date Mean?
In case you have not heard the news let me tell you. Battlefield V has had its scheduled October release date put back a few weeks to the 20th of November.
In all honesty, I do not find this all that surprising at all. Industry analysts predicted that it would be Battlefield V that would disappoint in terms of the big triple A titles coming in October. It was going up against Call Of Duty Black Ops IIII and Red Dead Redemption II as well as a few other big hitters like WWE 2K19 and Assassins Creed Odyssey to name a few.
Laura Miele one of the higher-ups at EA had this to say,
“We've had valuable feedback from our community, and we're going to take the time to make some final adjustments and deliver a great experience for our fans”
So while it sounds like they are “fixing” things in the game. To me, I feel that the real reason is clearly to try and avoid direct competition with Call Of Duty and Red Dead. It is a smart move, but EA has actually seen their share prices take a bit of a beating as a result and also their expected earnings for the year 2019 have been reduced from $5.5 billion to $5.3 billion. Now, sure $5.2 billion is no small chunk of change so it is very hard to feel sorry for EA. However, with the disaster that was the Star Wars Battlefront II launch, EA and DICE have to get Battlefield V right.
I think that the delay could work out very well for Battlefield V. The hype for Black Ops IIII and Red Dead Redemption II may have died down a little and Battlefield V can feel like the next big thing all on its own without all those other triple A titles that are dropping in October.