Following DICE’s announcement that game updates for Battlefield 5 will see “short delays” due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the studio has today announced that the Battlefield 5 April update has been pushed back, and will instead be part of the May update.
This was announced today by DICE, where they they also mentioned that the studio will be able to share more details regarding the Battlefield 5 April update and what’s in it sometime in April.
Initially, we were planning to release an update around the start of April, however with all of the changes and the need to create entirely new workflows, we found ourselves up against much more constrained timelines. The April update will now feature as a part of our next update, which we believe we will be able to release in May, alongside all of the changes that we were targeting making in May as well. The alternative option was to deliver April’s update much later than we had planned, and subsequently cause a delay to May’s update. This way, we get a better quality update out to you, in an overall shorter timeframe vs. attempting to publish two updates and needing to delay both of them.
Our next update is otherwise in development right now. I’ll be able to share more with you throughout April about what we’re working on. In terms of some of the smaller stuff that will feature in that update that I can talk to you about today, we’re currently exploring a change to the end of round experience to help ensure that you’re playing in more populated servers, more often, and alongside players of similar skill. We’re also revisiting the colors used on some of our default soldier uniforms, and based entirely on your feedback, we’re looking at changing up the Transport Vehicle Skins used across our maps. All of this in addition to the regular swathe of fixes, improvements, and changes that we’ll talk more about some other time.
DICE says that “this all may move” and that they’ll be open with communications with the player base should anything change. No exact release date has been given to the next Battlefield 5 patch but players should expect it sometime in May.
While we hate game updates that fix issues and add new content to be delayed, it’s perfectly understandable why this is happening given the climate of things.