Two games from EA originally slated to launch right in the heart of this year's holiday gaming season have been delayed, so that the game's developers have more time to polish their work.
Dragon Age: Inquisition was originally given a launch date of October 7, 2014, which has now been pushed back to November 18, 2014 in North America and November 21 in Europe. The delay of just over a month comes after the development team requested more time to make the highly anticipated game as polished as possible.
Specifically, the team will be working on ensuring the "open spaces are as engaging as possible", "strengthening the emotional impact of the Hero's choices", and "ensuring the experience you get is the best it can be in the platform you choose to play on".
Battlefield: Hardline was expected to launch on October 21, 2014 but has now been pushed back to a date in "early 2015" which is yet to be determined. EA states the delay is due to the recent beta failing to meet the expectations of gamers, many of which have been enjoying Battlefield 4 since its launch just last year.
DICE VP and Group GM Karl Magnus Troedsson says the feedback surrounding Hardline has "spurred us to start thinking about other possibilities and ways we could push Hardline innovation further and make the game even better." The delay will help the team introduce new multiplayer features and polish the single-player campaign, while ensuring the launch is more stable than that of Battlefield 4.
Despite two games vacating the packed October launch month, there's still plenty of titles to look forward to. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel launches October 14, Assassin's Creed Unity hits consoles and PC on October 28, and Civilization: Beyond Earth will be available from October 24, just to name a few.