EA pushes BioWare’s Anthem to 2019 but denies that it’s a delay

When is a delay not a delay? When Electronic Arts says so, obviously.

The video game mega-publisher announced today that it was moving BioWare’s Anthem to 2019, seeming to confirm a report last week that mentioned the new launch window for the multiplayer shooter. The reason depends on who you listen to; Kotaku says that it is due to development falling behind, while EA claims that it’s to give space between the launch of this fall’s Battlefield title and next year’s Anthem.

While a longer wait until launch is never something that fans want to hear, at least they can be entertained by EA admantly declaring that this move “is not a delay” and that “people are trying to create a story.”

Ironically, this declaration seems to have triggered a small Streisand effect, drawing a greater amount of attention on this delay-that-is-not-a-delay and pretty much daring every news source to use that word in its title.

Source: The Verge, Twitter. Cheers, Sally!
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Rolan Storm

And all hell broke loose. :D Kicking EA became a habit for many.

I’ll side with unpopular opinion and say this time onions just onions, despite they have layers. It is reasonable not to overshadow one launch with the another.

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Peregrine Falcon

It’s not really a delay. The intent is to provide the Bioware devs with a sense of pride and accomplishment for launching a game that might not suck this time.

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George

Epic

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Crowe

Definitely a delay… but I understand wanting to put some time between Battlefield and Anthem.

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Melissa McDonald

was listening to Babs on headphones last night. What a great set of pipes. I wish every artist would stay out of politics, though. They so often make fools of themselves.

I realize this will never happen, though.

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Armsbend

Why should, or would, an artist stay out of politics? When has an artist EVER stayed out of politics? Answer: never throughout all of mankind’s history.

You have your opinions. Just because you suddenly get rich and famous – and people listen to YOU more than the asshole at the filling station – does not mean all of a sudden you must be quiet because your career is singing songs.

With all due respect Melissa, only dummies say that. You’d feel the need the shut up because you have fans? How inane.

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Peregrine Falcon

When I was a young man artists, both singers and actors, did not speak about politics. Many people, including myself, love talking politics but don’t want it in our entertainment. That’s when we want to get away from politics.

With all due respect Armsbend, many of us agree with Melissa, which is why the NFL’s ratings have been dropping like a stone lately.

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Malcolm Swoboda

I don’t care. It looks like a grinder non-RPG.

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Rumm

My comment on the original Anthem announcement thread (http://massivelyop.com/2017/06/12/e3-2017-ea-bioware-reveals-anthem-a-shared-world-destiny-clone/):

Looks great. No way its coming out in 2018.

The first comment replying to mine that eventually led to a full scale frothing-at-the-mouth meltdown:

You cannot realistically say this. You don’t have a damned clue how far they are along. You don’t know jack shit about their development time. Comnents like yours drive me nuts.

I’d say I hate telling someone I told you so, but here we are.

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IronSalamander8 .

The delay is no shocker regardless of any spin used on this. My understanding is that while the frostbite engine is powerful it can be difficult to work with. Both Garden Warfare titles are on frostbite and I love them both but they aren’t open world, even with 2’s great backyard battleground.

I have no interest in this thing as I presume it will be another Destiny type game with heavy microtransactions and their track record isn’t exactly stellar lately.

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Jack Pipsam

If they want to spend more time on it, that’s fine by me.
I’d rather play something in the best possible state.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

While no fan of EA:

“We’ve chosen to launch ‘Anthem’ in Q4, and the date is really determined by portfolio-balancing considerations, not for product-readiness reasons,” EA Chief Executive Andrew Wilson said on the earnings call. “It doesn’t make sense to launch ‘Anthem’ right up next to [another AAA title] and when you think about ‘Anthem’ as a brand new [intellectual property], we also believe it makes sense to give [‘Anthem’] its own launch window so that we can give it the focus and attention it deserves and give it free air.”

Let’s remember that WoW’s XP is launching end of September.

And, you know, if they did launch right on top of BfA, there would be no end of gnashing of teeth as to why couldn’t they have waited a month, etc., etc.

Every once in awhile, things just are what they are.

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Jeff

Wonder what import message and virtue signaling will be crammed downed gamers throats this time…

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Greaterdivinity

I don’t know, you’re already doing a pretty good job of virtue signaling already just by complaining about it! Good work /thumbsup

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Armsbend

Let’s see I have libtard here…Hillary on the third row checks out…NRA? Yep, got it. Virtue signaling hmmmmm…VIRTUE SIGNALING!!!!

I GOT MISPLACED WEIRDO CONSERVATIVE BINGO!!!!