Last week we talked a bit about a rumor that was making the rounds claiming that the EA/BioWare title Anthem was delayed. EA has now stepped up and confirmed that the game won’t launch until 2019. EA says that the delay in the launch of Anthem isn’t because of issues with BioWare or development of the game.
Rather the delay is due to scheduling says EA. EA has a new Battlefield game coming in October, the same quarter Anthem was originally set to launch in. EA CFO Blake Jorgensen has said that Anthem would get more attention with a launch in a quieter quarter.
Launching in 2019 means that the game will miss the lucrative and important holiday shopping season, something that game developers normally rush to reach with a later in the year game launch. EA has had problems with launching high-end games too close together in the past.
Titanfall 2 was launched in 2016 and while it had its share of issues at launch, some of the problems with sales and popularity were laid at the feet of the fact that EA launched it right between Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. The Brightside here is that this is a subtle announcement of a new Battlefield game coming this year.