Battlefield V‘s recent delay has players wondering what that means for the upcoming open beta. As it turns out, we might get an even longer time with the test version of the game than previously expected.
DICE multiplayer producer David Sirland recently hinted that the upcoming open beta, which begins on September 6th (or September 4th for players who preordered), might stay live longer than was originally planned, following Battlefield V‘s launch delay.
Obviously, that’s not a confirmation that the beta will get an extension, but it is a pretty big hint. There have been murmurs about a second beta popping up in October, but right now the only beta that’s confirmed is the one that starts on September 6th.
The delay follows recent revelations that features like vehicle customization and the game’s co-op mode, Combined Arms, would not be ready for the game’s initial release date of October 19th. Smaller features, like the ability to drag downed teammates into cover to revive them, were also rumored to be missing from the game’s launch build. It’s possible that the delay will now give DICE more time to integrate these features into the game by late November.
It also didn’t help Battlefield V that it’s initial release window was sandwiched between Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Red Dead Redemption 2, potentially leading to its reportedly low preorder figures. Moving the game from that window to a comparatively quieter one in late November might give players enough time to, say, complete Red Dead and move onto something else. Hey, maybe delaying the game was EA’s backup plan after all.
Battlefield V now launches on November 20th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.