BioWare, the developer best known for games like Dragon Age and Mass Effect, has been hard at work on a new property for the last few years. The property had been set to release within the next 10 months, but EA officially delayed it in a financial call this week.
“We are very pleased with the progress of our new action IP from BioWare,” said Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson during the call. “The design is stunning, gameplay mechanics are excellent, and the action will be exhilarating. The game is built around a live service, and to upgrade our process, we’ve decided to add more to the disruptive new social design for our players. To accommodate that, we are moving our launch date for this project into [Fiscal Year 2019].”
Should we be worried?
The game had previously been scheduled to release by the end of FY 2018, which ends in March 2018. Deciphering the corporate puffery like we see above can be difficult. We can expect the game to be an always-online game, but what “disruptive” means to Electronic Arts is anyone’s guess. We’re hoping EA will still show the game off at E3 this year so that we can get an idea of what we’re waiting on.
It’s too early to say whether we should be worried yet. A willingness to delay a game is usually a good thing. Mass Effect: Andromeda could’ve used another delay. Hopefully this is the kind of delay meant to help BioWare get the game “right” instead of “working.” We’re hoping to know more next month when EA shows off their wares at E3.