Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson revealed during a recent call with investors that BioWare’s next major game has been postponed. Originally scheduled to launch by the end of March 2018, the as-yet-named title (codenamed Dylan) has been pushed back to EA’s 2019 fiscal year which runs from April 2018 through March 2019.
Unfortunately, the admission wasn’t specific meaning we could be looking at a delay of as little as a few weeks or up to an entire year.
Wilson said during the call that they were very pleased with the progress of the new IP from BioWare, noting that the design is stunning, the gameplay mechanics are excellent and the action will be exhilarating.
It’s built around a live service and will feature a “disruptive” new social design which necessitated the delay, he added.
In related news, Kotaku is reporting that four sources have confirmed that BioWare has put the Mass Effect franchise on hiatus following the recent launch of Mass Effect: Andromeda. Worse yet, the game’s developer – BioWare Montreal – is reportedly being turned into a support studio.
Andromeda, if you recall, arrived this past March to lukewarm reviews thanks largely in part to wonky animations and writing that could have been better.
This doesn’t mean BioWare is giving up on Mass Effect – it’s just taking a break, sources tell Kotaku.