EA Confirms New Battlefield for 2018, Anthem Officially Coming in 2019

Anthem Officially Pushed into 2019

EA confirmed today that BioWare's blockbuster RPG Anthem will be delayed to 2019, confirming multiple reports that the multiplayer shooter would not make its release date for this year.

Once EA releases more nuggets during its earnings call, we'll post it up on the site so stay tuned. EA's Blake Jorgensen told the WSJ, "It's not a delay". You can find the tweet from the Wall Street Journal below. Originally slated for fall 2018, Anthem will now have an "Early 2019" release window. However, the big publisher denied that this delay was due to development issues. Are you excited to see the new Battlefield game in October? "People are trying to create a story", he added despite the company themselves announcing it as a 2018 release.

Well, if it was originally meant to launch in fall of 2018 and now it's pushed back to March, 2019... it is a delay.




It seemed curious for a developer like BioWare to take on such a project, but it reflected EA's move away from limited, single-player experiences to continuous multiplayer games that can be heavily monetized through downloadable content and microtransactions. Instead, it's a strategic move to launch the game in a quarter with less competition. If that's true then the game really is in messy situation that may require more than four additional months of development time.

For BioWare, meanwhile, Kotaku's January 24 report indicated the Canadian RPG developer's future may depend on the success of "Anthem".

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