Anthem reportedly delayed to 2019 and a new Dragon Age is in development
We have a couple news stories related to developer BioWare to share with you today.
First off, we have an update that the team is hard at work on the next entry in the acclaimed Dragon Age series. This message arrives via Twitter from Mark Darrah, who serves as the executive producer for Dragon Age and the upcoming Destiny-like, Anthem.
Here's the aforementioned tweet in full:
"Halfway through my trip to Barcelona! I’m here showing Anthem internally to EA. I am EP of BOTH DA and Anthem working with @Bio_Warner as Game Director
Anthem’s up next but there are people hard at work on both franchises and I look forward to sharing more in the future"
While this isn't exactly a bombshell considering how important the property is for the company, we do at least know we should be hearing more about it soon - maybe as early as this year's E3 event in June.
Moving on to the second piece of news, it appears Anthem has hit a bit of a snag and may be delayed until 2019 according to a report from Kotaku citing numerous sources.
The game was originally scheduled to be released sometime this fall, but according to one source they spoke to, that release window was "unrealistic." However, it seems (and makes sense) that Electronic Arts will make sure it's out within the same fiscal year, which ends March 2019.
Anthem has apparently been in development since 2012, indicating a 7-year turn-around after years of pre-production and full production. Considering how Mass Effect: Andromeda flopped both critically and commercially, it's hard to be upset about this situation (if the report is true) if the team wants to take as much time as possible to get this right as it could be a make-or-break scenario for the entire company.
It would also indicate they are going to focus all their energy on Anthem before they turn to another Dragon Age entry. We'll be sure to share any other updates about either project in the coming months.