Electronic Arts has pushed back the global release of its Battlefield 2042 by a month to November 19, citing the pandemic’s impact on game developers as the reason.
In extended trading, the company’s shares were up approximately 3 percent.
The first-person shooter video game is all set to launch on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC, with early access a week prior. Hopefully, EA will announce dates for the Battlefield 2042 open beta soon.
The COVID-19 pandemic, according to the business, posed unexpected hurdles for the game’s developers in developing the next generation of Battlefield, resulting in the launch delay.
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“We believe it is important to take the extra time to deliver on the vision of Battlefield 2042 for our players,” the company added. “With the current conditions not letting this happen safely, and with all the hard work the teams are doing from home, we feel it is important to take the extra time to deliver on the vision of Battlefield 2042 for our players,” the company added.
EA said it does not anticipate a financial impact from the postponement and confirmed its net bookings guidance for fiscal year 2022, which was down 6% at closure on speculations that the Battlefield game will be delayed.
The company had stated that annual net bookings would be around $7.40 billion in August.
The inventor of “Apex Legends” has benefited from a pandemic, with more people spending time and money on gaming while being indoors. EA’s stock has increased by more than 33% in the last year.
According to figures from research firm NPD, video game sales in the United States reached a new high of $4.4 billion in August.
With the acquisition of firms like Glu Mobile, UK-based Codemasters, and Playdemic Ltd, the corporation has placed its hopes on new mobile games, anticipating a decline from pandemic highs.