Battlefield 2 standing fast until Q2 2005
The eagerly awaited modern military shooter won't storm PCs until sometime this spring, alongside the next Medal of Honor game.
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While speaking to analysts in a post-report conference call, EA executives revealed that Battlefield 2 will no longer make its anticipated March release date. Instead, the game will now ship during EA's first financial quarter--better known as the April-June quarter to those following the regular calendar--alongside the next Medal of Honor game, Medal of Honor: Dogs of War. Ironically, Battlefield 2's new ship date is the same as the "spring" release it was tagged with when originally announced last April.
While disappointing, the Battlefield 2 postponement was not nearly as severe a delay as that suffered by its console cousin. Last July, EA announced that Battlefield: Modern Combat wouldn't see the light of retail day until November 2005, nearly a year from its planned "holiday 2004" release. That delay was caused by consumer feedback wanting a single-player campaign added to the then-multiplayer online game. No reason was given for Battlefield 2's delay.
Battlefield 2 is a modern sequel to developer Digital Illusions CE's highly popular Battlefield 1942. The multiplayer online shooter allows players to choose from three sides--the United States, China, and a fictional Middle Eastern Coalition--on opposite sides of a near-future war. For a full rundown on the weapons, maps, character classes, and gameplay of Battlefield 2, perform some recon on GameSpot's previous coverage.