BioWare’s newest will not debut this yr, however a brand new Battlefield will.
Digital Arts has confirmed earlier stories that BioWare’s upcoming sport Anthem has been delayed to 2019, and as a substitute a brand new Battlefield sport will debut this fall.
EA formally confirmed Anthem will launch in Q1 2019, or This autumn of its 2019 fiscal yr, throughout the firm’s Q3 earnings name right this moment. Nonetheless, EA denied to The Wall Avenue Journal that the delay was as a result of sport’s growth being not on time, as reported in a previous Kotaku piece. As a substitute, the 2019 launch is, based on WSJ, an element of EA’s choice to launch a brand new Battlefield sport this October.
Because of this, the corporate’s executives imagine Anthem, as a brand new IP, would fare higher commercially in a quieter quarter than the busy fall window.
“It isn’t a delay,” EA’s CFO Blake Jorgensen instructed The Wall Street Journal. “Individuals are making an attempt to create a narrative.”
And whereas Anthem had beforehand not been given an actual launch date, preliminary reveal plans had pegged the sport for a fall 2018 launch. Even before Anthem’s official debut at E3 2017, a brand new BioWare IP had been confirmed for a release before March 2018, till it had been pushed back to the 2019 fiscal year, which ends on March 31, 2019.
EA then formally debuted Anthem at both its own EA Play press conference, whereas new details were then revealed at Microsoft’s E3 2017 press conference. And not too long ago, a brand new report examined how BioWare has doubled its efforts to deliver on Anthem.
The final Battlefield, in the meantime, debuted in 2016 with the WW1-set Battlefield 1. Details for that title’s newest DLC, Battlefield 1: Apocalypse, have been not too long ago revealed. On the time of its launch, IGN’s Battlefield 1 review mentioned “the crude, archaic allure of World Conflict I’s weaponry lends distinctive persona to Battlefield’s already sturdy first-person taking pictures.”
No particulars are at present accessible about what this new Battlefield’s setting or focus shall be.
Jonathon Dornbush is an Affiliate Editor for IGN. Discover him on Twitter @jmdornbush.