EA Targeting March Release For Anthem
In today's Electronic Arts financial call, the publisher spoke a little bit about Anthem and said that they are hoping for a release in the last month of the fourth quarter of the financial year.
During the call, CEO Andrew Wilson had prepared remarks about the game, calling it "stunning and ambitious" and teasing that it will be something entirely new for games. "Every dimension of this game will offer something entirely new for a wide audience of players," Wilson stated, "from a new universe with unique stories that BioWare is creating, to the cooperative gameplay, to the epic and beautiful environment that constantly evolves around players."
Wilson also commented on how he expects the community to be involved with the game.
"Anthem is a fundamentally social experience, and we will open new ways for fans to join the community and play early, enabling us to shape and refine the game with their input and feedback," Wilson said. It is likely he is referring to EA Access' trial periods, which allow players with subscriptions to the service to play games for a trial period ahead of release.
During the Q&A session after the written remarks, CFO Blake Jorgensen was asked when Anthem would release. Jorgensen replied that he expects the game to launch in the last month of Electronic Arts' financial year, which means March 2019 is the likely date for the game.
Anthem is Bioware's first new IP since Dragon Age in 2009. It is expected to be a major part of EA's E3 press conference on June 9 at 11:00 AM PT.
That's definitely not too far off and EA seems quite confident in both the date and the game itself. It should be interesting to see the game next month.