Rumours have been circling for a few days that EA had delayed Bioware's upcoming new IP Anthem
. Well, it seems those rumours were true. Initially, the title was supposed to be releasing this spring, but in this week's earnings call from the publisher, it was revealed that the title won't be releasing in 2018 at all. Anthem
is now set to be released during the final quarter of the 2019 fiscal year, which is sometime between January and March 2019. EA believes that the title deserves its own launch window, away from the traditional Battlefield
window, so that it can garner the attention it deserves.
Instead, the next couple of months will see the arrival of three titles. EA SPORTS UFC 3
arrives this Friday. The first two titles in the EA Originals program will also be appearing; Fe
releases on February 16th, while A Way Out
arrives a month later on March 23rd.
Moving into the next financial year, you won't be at all surprised to learn that there will be more sporting titles heading this way. With 2018 being the year of the World Cup, EA confirmed a new installment in the FIFA
franchise that will harness the excitement of the big occasion. There will also be new titles for Madden NFL
, and NBA LIVE
Away from sports, EA confirmed that their upcoming Battlefield
title will be released this year. This has previously been rumoured to be Battlefield: Bad Company 3
, but EA didn't go into specifics on DICE's new title. They are promising "innovation at every level, incredible stories at the core, astonishing visuals and game play that will captivate every Battlefield
In terms of current titles, Star Wars Battlefront II
did not have the impact that the publisher intended, and EA's CEO Andrew Wilson described the title as "a learning opportunity". Since the removal of the microtransactions, the team has been working on updates for the title that will be arriving in the coming months. New seasons will be arriving during the next fiscal year, and it's quite likely that the microtransactions will return in the future as they can "extend and enhance the experience" of the game "when done right". EA will have more to share on the return of microtransactions "over the next coming months". We'll be sure to let you know when they do.