Electronic Arts announced today that it has delayed Battlefield V from October 19 to November 20. The military shooter in World War II is the only major holiday publishing for Electronic Arts, and it should originally start on October 19th. It would have said that between Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on October 12 and Red Dead Redemption 2 on October 26th.
This new date will give Battlefield V more room to breathe, while giving the developer DICE a few weeks to polish the launch experience. But this will also put Battlefield V near Bethesda's Fallout 76 online role-playing adventure. Fallout, however, may appeal to another enough audience that it will not compete for the same dollars in the way Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 does. And while Red Dead Redemption 2 is not a shooter, many consider it the biggest launch of the year, regardless of genre.
This delay will also help Electronic Arts to improve the message before Battlefield Vs release. The publisher has treated dissatisfied fans since the first revealing event. Some players hate women and hate they're in the game, but others thought the trailer was underwhelming. However, the game has played well in beta and at industry exhibitions, and the private revealing event EA and DICE made for the media much more convincing. If DICE and EA spend this extra time to give the fans a better idea of what Battlefield V is about, it may reverse some of the weaknesses. Finally, a November release date can give DICE more time to better implement ray tracing tech to support Nvidia's 20 Series RTX Card. 2080 and 2080 Ti launch in September, and Battlefield V will support the physics-based lighting technology on launch. But ray tracing can damage performance. With some extra time, DICE can optimize performance enough for beam tracking to work and the game continues to work well on most RTX-enabled rigs.