Anthem is one of the more intriguing new high profile IPs on the release schedule right now, so it broke our hearts when it was revealed in January that we probably wouldn’t be seeing it this year. EA has now confirmed that the ambitious shared-world action-adventure will be a 2019 thing, and has also given some clarity of when in the year we can expect to see it on store shelves.
A delay into next year is a bitter pill to swallow for gamers, but at least we don’t have to wait too deep into the year to get our hands on Anthem – it’s coming in March 2019. EA CEO Andrew Wilson made the announcement during an earnings call to investors recently. The full transcript goes on forever, so here’s the relevant bit sliced out for your reading pleasure:
“In the case of Anthem, the real issue is, the game will be shipped in the last quarter of the year and in the last month of that quarter, meaning we’ll probably have limited restocking of the title, even if it’s extremely successful. Since it is new IP, we’re being conservative in how we’re thinking about it. We’re very excited about the game. It’s extremely unique, and I think players are going to really enjoy playing it, but we’re careful not to put too large of a forecast in there. And clearly, it will impact this year as well as next year as we not only continue to sell more into the next year but start rolling out the live services associated with that game.”
Financial years are confusing business for the man on the street (ie. me), but yes, the last month of the last quarter of the year is March. So, there you have it. To be fair, BioWare never really officially announced a 2018 release for Anthem in the first place, did they?