Reports are surfacing that Battlefield 2042 will soon receive a delay that could push the game back until 2022; the year of delays promises to be its next victim. While my first reaction was immeasurable disappointment and a wave of declaring my day wasted, on second thought, I actually agree with that.
Of course, no one really appreciates the delays. For developers, that means potential months of extra work. And for players eagerly awaiting a title, that means additional weeks of waiting, but some delays are less stinging than others. After a bit of thought, I’m definitely leaning in that a Battlefield 2042 delay is a good thing.
Rumors, and so far are just rumors, of a delay surfaced earlier this week when industry insider Jeff Grubb tweeted “More delays are coming this week.” He later clarified that he was actually referring to a single delay in this case. Other sources, including Nick baker from Xbox Era, quickly backed up the claim and suggested that the game in question would be Battlefield 2042.
Nick Baker was quick to point out that he had only heard that the game was being delayed rather than being definitively postponed to 2022. He could instead only receive a small push in November or even December. Either way, it certainly looks like the odds of Battlefield 2042 hitting its currently slated October 24 release date seem less likely.
A delay until 2022 would put the game out of competition with its leading contemporaries Call of Duty: Vanguard and Halo Infinite, both slated to launch before the end of the year. But that’s not why I embraced the potential delay. Let me explain why I’m really happy that Battlefield 2042 is delayed.
Not quite ready for action
For a game slated for release in just over a month, very little has been seen of Battlefield 2042. In fact, almost two weeks ago, the official Battlefield Twitter account posted a short clip barely a minute long. and a half. , and it was one of the most meaningful looks at the game in action we have yet.
This short clip on social media stands alongside a cinematic reveal trailer and two highly edited gameplay trailers that are three minutes each. Such a paucity of available gameplay footage isn’t normal for a game slated to launch in just a few weeks.
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For comparison, Call of Duty Vanguard is entering its second beta this weekend which is open to all players, and Halo Infinite had a playable technical preview in August. Not to mention that these two games also have a plethora of unscripted game footage available to watch online.
Battlefield 2042 had its own Technical Alpha over the summer, but it was subject to a strict NDA, so all participants were prohibited from talking about their experience or sharing footage. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a few players chose not to follow these rules and leaked gameplay footage that seemed pretty rough.
The few minutes of officially approved gameplay footage we saw looked solid, but the leaked dozen minutes of video really doesn’t portray the game in its best light. While Tech Alpha is almost certainly an outdated version of the game at this point, all signs point to Battlefield 2042 likely needing a bit more time to cook.
An open beta was also slated for this month, but no date or additional information has yet been provided by developer Dice. The Battlefield Twitter Account mocked the deluge of beta requests it receives earlier this month. But we are now in mid-September and we still haven’t heard a thing; this could be a worrying sign.
Putting all the clues together, it definitely starts to look like Battlefield 2042 isn’t quite ready for prime time. If this is indeed the case, I would much prefer that the developers take the time necessary to polish the game and make sure that when it comes out, it will be in good shape. I have been waiting since 2013 for a main Battlefield game to return to a more modern setting, I can wait a few more months.
Avoiding the mistakes of the past
Another reason I can get on board late is because we’ve seen what happens when a Battlefield game hits the market in a rush. Battlefield 4 is now considered one of the best entries in the entire series, but that certainly wasn’t the case at launch.
Battlefield 4 came out in broken borderline condition. At launch, there was such an abundance of technical issues that many players literally couldn’t play for weeks. I remember vividly that over launch weekend I probably spent more time watching the matchmaking screen fail to log in than actually playing the game.
I certainly don’t want to repeat this experience when I finally get my hands on Battlefield 2042, either later this year or in 2022. If the developers at Dice felt that a delay was necessary, it’s probably because they are desperate to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past.
As the old saying goes, good things happen to those who wait and that just might be the case with Battlefield 2042. I will certainly be disappointed if October 22 arrives and I do not deploy to the battlefield. But I have no doubts that in the long run, being patented will lead to better play, and that’s a compromise I’ll gladly make.
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