The video game now known more for the hot controversy surrounding it than anything else has been pushed back to November 20th.

This comes as a sort-of-but-not-really surprise because as we’ve seen by the closed beta, Battlefield V is fully operational (to the extent that any modern AAA game is operational at launch). However the real reason behind the delay is likely to provide a better window for Battlefield V, one not sandwiched between two other huge releases of the year. Of course now the issue is going to be that it has to compete with Fallout 76, but honestly, that’s a safer bet than competing with Red Dead Redemption 2.

It’s probably for the best, since now we can test the hypothesis that the drop in sales was due to the controversy surrounding the game. Of course when push comes to shove and in a week or so Battlefield V experiences a sudden spike in pre-orders, people who claimed the controversy worked will not admit that they were wrong.

The open beta timing wasn’t pushed back if you wonder, it’s still scheduled to hit next week.