Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts, announced during an investor call for the end of the company’s 2017 fiscal year that Bioware’s newest title is delayed to fiscal year 2019.
Initially, Bioware’s new game, which will also be a new IP, was scheduled to release by the end of March 2018. With that schedule no longer accurate, the delay could be anywhere from a couple of weeks to a year. The game is an “action-adventure, not an RPG,” according to Wilson. The game will be a “live service,” similar to that of Payday 2 or Tom Clancy’s: The Division.
The delay occurred so Bioware developers could “add more to the disruptive social design for our players.” In other words, the core component behind the game, the live service, is the reason behind the delay.
The studio has been working on the game since 2012, according to Aaryn Flynn, Bioware’s general manager. Not since 2009’s Dragon Age: Origins has the company released its own intellectual property.
Bioware’s most recent product is Mass Effect: Andromeda, which released on March 21, 2017 and March 23, 2017 in North America and Europe respectively. OnlySP’s DJ Arruda praised Andromeda, scoring the game with a Distinction and saying, “[w]hile not a perfect sequel, with issues that need to be addressed, both technically in the now and narratively in the future, BioWare has created a strong opening to a new story that is worthy of the Mass Effect mantle.”
Bioware is a video game developer located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Founded in 1995, the company is currently owned by Electronic Arts. Bioware’s specialty revolves around role-playing games, and is most famous for producing the Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic franchises. Other Bioware games of note are Jade Empire and Neverwinter Nights. Bioware is also the developer behind the MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic.
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