EA officially confirms that BioWare’s Anthem has been delayed to 2019. The science fantasy RPG, which is a brand new IP from the Mass Effect and Dragon Age developer, had originally been scheduled to release on PC and consoles later this year.
Anthem also made it onto our list of games with female protagonists in 2018 that you should get excited about.
Why Has BioWare’s Anthem Been Delayed?
Ahead of EA’s latest financial briefing, the video game publisher announced that BioWare’s next game, Anthem, has been pushed to 2019. The game was set to launch in late 2018 but EA says that the decision has been made to accommodate a busy release schedule.
EA’s chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen explained that the company is planning to release a new Battlefield game in October, which was the same quarter that Anthem had initially planned to launch in. By releasing Anthem in 2019 instead EA can give the brand new IP a greater chance of success.
Anthem looks like a promising game: its debut gameplay trailer revealed exploration in a vibrant open-world, with monsters to take down and opportunities to play alongside friends. The trailer also teased character customization options, including the option of choosing a female character.
But the BioWare title is also a game being made under a huge amount of pressure, so says a Kotaku report published before the delay was confirmed. BioWare is making Anthem (and Dragon Age 4) in the shadow of Mass Effect Andromeda‘s controversy and its poor critical and sales reception, while other EA-published games (including Star Wars Battlefront 2) have also disappointed.
Plus, EA already knows well what can happen if you overcrowd the game release schedule; the decision to release Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 within weeks of one another led to disappointing sales for the former. Both EA and BioWare need Anthem to succeed and so while a delay may be disappointing, the 2019 release date may be the best way to achieve those goals.
Anthem will be released in 2019 for Windows PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
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