The COVID-19 pandemic development continues to grow as many areas are now starting to be affected by it. More so recently, E3 2020 has been cancelled due to it and now game developers are starting to take a hit at their home base. today, Battlefield developers, DICE, issued a statement on COVID-19, and how it affects their work and Battlefield 5 as a whole.
Here’s the statement in full posted by DICE:
Today we’ve taken the necessary steps to help enable our teams across DICE with the option of working remotely, in order to best protect their health and wellbeing in response to the COVID-19 Outbreak. We also wanted to take the time and share a few quick points with you, our players, in order to help you all understand what effect this will have on our games.
This will not have an impact on our infrastructure. All of our titles will remain online, our servers remain active, and we have live support teams across the globe that we work with each and every day that help to monitor and track the health of our services.
If you encounter anything weird in our games, we’re likely already on top of it, and we’ll still be able to keep you informed on our progress for addressing any live issues.
So what will this affect?
We’ll need some time to switch up some parts of our workflows and adapt to the change. Remote work isn’t new to us, we’re a flexible Studio that always supports our team with the ability to work from home, but to do it en masse will likely throw up the odd hiccup that we’ll work with our central teams at EA to resolve as quickly as possible.
We’ve also decided to openly share all of our processes, learnings and decisions with the wider Swedish games industry to support all small and big studios out there as they potentially start exploring work-from-home setups.
In turn, this may result in short delays to our next sequence of monthly updates, and extend the time between updates beyond your usual expectations, but we largely anticipate no significant changes for any of our planned releases.
In the meantime, we’ll still be engaged with folks across the Studio helping to share your feedback, and supporting the teams with their production of future content.
We’ll keep you updated and over communicate with you on all things. If the COVID-19 Outbreak necessitates any further changes, we’ll let you know.
Big thanks for your understanding. Stay healthy!
As you can see from the memo, the studio has relayed that game updates (patches) will experience short delays given the studio’s workflow and processes are taking a hit to ensure no one is contaminated or affected by the virus spreading worldwide.
The studio also added that they are completing the review of patch 6.2, and working on finalizing patch 6.4, which will most likely miss its original first week of April release date.
While I love games and want updates pushed out ASAP, people’s lives are infinitely more important, and it’s perfectly understandable that DICE takes their time in developing Battlefield 5 all the while tip-toeing around COVID-19.