EA and DICE have announced that the launch of their upcoming shooter Battlefield V has been delayed and the game will launch on 20 November 2018. EA claims the reason for the delay comes from players, who like their recent changes.
The delay marks a peculiar step away from the either-or tactics that EA have maintained lately. Battlefield V's trailer resulted in heated discussions of whether women fought in WWII, after which EA's Patrick Soderlund called a good chuck of the game's fans "uneducated". He added, "either accept it or don't buy the game. I'm fine with either or."
Well, after it turned out that Battlefield V's preorders are lagging behind Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 by as much as 85 per cent, EA suddenly changed its tune. Now they're all about player opinions and the official statement says that it's all about what players saw, liked and suggested.
"You have told us that you are seeing an increased focus on squad play come through", EA's statement reads and goes on talking about how Battlefield V fans really liked "revamped player movement" and "improved weapons handling". These same "tens of thousands of players" encouraged them to make some "meaningful improvements to the core gameplay experience".
According to the statement, DICE will now be adjusting the gameplay tempo, improving soldier visibility and reducing player friction. All of these changes should be in Battlefield V's open beta, whose date remains unchanged from 06 September 2018.
EA claims that Battlefield V is already one of the best games from the Battlefield franchise, offering proof in the awards for Best Multiplayer Game that they've received on this year's E3 and Gamescom. Unfortunately for EA, not everyone is prepared to take these awards at face value, at least not until we've had our mitts on the actual game.
Ultimately though, it seems like EA have been put in their place by fans alone, who simply refused to be treated like trash and called uneducated while purchasing more yachts for EA's employees. Your turn EA - better make it a good one.
You can find the official announcement here.