Over the past few weeks, we have seen a number of reports coming in regarding the low pre-order numbers of Battlefield V, among other issues. Now, the game is no longer set to release on October 19, instead, it is pushed back to November 20.
The announcement was just made by EA DICE and soon after I finished reading the post, I contacted my source at DICE to further inquire about the situation. And as expected, the public post isn’t as truthful as one would hope but of course, in this case, the truth may have done more damage than good.
EA DICE was blindsided by Activision’s decision to release Black Ops 4 in October. Black Ops 4 is the first Call of Duty game since COD 2 to release in the month of October. Still, EA execs were certain they have a good enough product at hand to compete with both Black Ops 4 and Red Dead for sales. However, after gathering early pre-order numbers and feedback from the community, EA has now finally decided to move to November.
Interestingly, this is the first main Battlefield game to release in the month of November. EA wishes to wait out the storm created by Black Ops 4 as smooth as possible.
It looks like a smart decision considering another juggernaut is releasing in the same timeframe, Red Dead Redemption 2. Analysts predicted how Battlefield V could suffer the same fate as Titanfall 2, which despite being a good game, got choked between Battlefield 1 and Infinite Warfare. According to analyst Doug Creutz:
If we had to pick one game to be a casualty of the crowded October window, this would clearly be it.
This is very far off the tracking levels of previous Battlefield titles in 2011, 2013, and 2016. With a release date directly in between CoD and RDR, we worry that BFV could be headed for a similar fate as 2016’s Titanfall 2, which got squeezed out by its launch date directly between Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.
Battlefield V pre-orders are 85% behind Call of Duty Black Ops 4 and Red Dead. EA’s own arrogance contributed to the negative reception of the game when former exec Patrick Sunderland asked gamer not to buy it.
To make matters worse, many features and modes won’t be ready at launch including the Combined Arms and vehicle customizations.