EA has announced that Battlefield 5 – originally due for release October 19 – has had its release date pushed back a month, and will now release November 20.
The news comes from Oskar Gabrielson, General Manager of developer DICE, in a blog post on EA’s website. He seems to point to player feedback as being the primary reason behind the delay, thanking the “tens of thousands” of players who have played both during closed alphas or in demo booths at events such as E3 and Gamescom, and highlights some positive feedback around weapons handling and player movement.
It seems that core gameplay is the sticking point, with Gabrielson pointing in particular to “gameplay tempo”, as well as “soldier visibility” and “player friction”. While he doesn’t go into any details around the specifics of the feedback, he does state that players will see improvements in these areas in the game’s upcoming open beta, which kicks off September 6 (or September 4 for pre-orders or members of Origin Access Premier, Origin Access Basic or EA Access).