During their investor call, EA laid out their roadmap for the next year which included a new Battlefield game scheduled for the traditional October release window and a delay for Anthem which pushes it from its 2018 release to 2019. "Instead, EA is planning to release a new Battlefield game in October and it determined that Anthem, the new intellectual property, would get more attention if it came out in a quieter quarter".
In Q3, EA's digital revenue accounted for 67 per cent of the publisher's entire earnings. Considering how successful Battlefield 1 was, who can blame them?
Today Electronic Arts confirmed the delay, although also insisted that it is not actually a delay at all, and that it's not the result of development issues at BioWare but simply a matter of scheduling. Because Anthem is a brand new IP, EA wanted to give the game the best chance to succeed, so it was pushed back to Q1 of 2019, which is a smart move.
"It's not a delay. People are trying to create a story", EA's finance chief Blake Jorgensen told the site.
Regarding Battlefield 2018, while there's nothing concrete out there yet, there's a lot of rumors floating around now, which we've compiled, and is a must-read if you're a Battlefield fan. Bioware can't risk taking another defeat after the public humiliation that was Mass Effect: Andromeda which more or less put the series on hiatus for the foreseeable future.