EA Confirms Anthem Delay, Lets Battlefield Launch Window Slip Out

Anthem Officially Pushed into 2019

EA has also reported that Anthem was delayed into 2019 to let the next Battlefield game have its moment in the spotlight.

Well, Wall Street Journal reporter Sarah E. Needleman confirmed the news after a conference call, and did so via a tweet. Blake Jorgensen, EA's Chief Financial Officer, was quick to address the announcement of the release date for what it actually is. Opening today's earnings call, CEO Andrew Wilson said (PDF) "Excitement for Anthem is building, and we're deeply invested in delivering a great new experience with this game when it launches in Q4 FY19". Instead, EA will release a new Battlefield game in October 2018. "'People are trying to create a story'".

It will have been two years since Battlefield 1 released when the untitled Battlefield game hits in 2018, giving plenty of the time for the series to breathe.

What's interesting is that EA is denying Kotaku's report, which means either Kotaku published fake news or Electronic Arts is lying. He's seemingly playing the semantics game, as Kotaku's sources had indicated that the project is behind schedule.

BioWare also recently sent out notice that they're hiring for a number of critical development positions, indicating that the crunch is real. Additionally, many within BioWare worry that the continued existence of the company is reliant on Anthem's success, as EA has infamously shut down numerous well-established development teams in the past.

Last week rumors began to sprout up, hinting towards a possible delay of Bioware's third-person MMO, Anthem.

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