We’ve heard whispers of BioWare’s new IP, but much of it has been shrouded in mystery. We know it will be an action-adventure game and a “live service”. This tells us that it will be something akin to Destiny where there is a persistent online world that is continually updated. Other than that, we don’t know much. What we do know, however, is that it won’t release anytime soon.
During an investor call, CEO Andrew Wilson talked about the new IP and provided some wonderful PR spin to it. Speaking of the game, he says that he’s “very pleased with the progress of our new action IP from BioWare.”
“The design is stunning. Gameplay mechanics are excellent, and the action will be exhilarating. The game is built around a live service, and through our creative process, we decided to add more to the disruptive new social design for our players.” Finally, he confirmed the delay by adding, “To accommodate that, we are moving the launch date for this project into fiscal year ’19”
The 2019 fiscal year runs from April 2018 to March 2019, so the IP could launch anywhere in that timeframe. Previously it was announced that the game will launch at the end of the 2017 fiscal year, which is March 2018. The delay can only be a few months, but given the wide timeframe, it is more realistic to assume that it will take much longer. It’s reasonable to only expect the new IP in 2019.
A solid move by EA, given the state of Mass Effect Andromeda and with this being a new IP. More time and polish is always cherished with games, even if this delay is about the live service more than quality. We’ll probably hear about the IP soon, perhaps even during EA’s PLAY conference in June.