Now early 2019
Last week’s report from Kotaku that Anthem will miss its Fall 2018 release window has turned out to be true. EA confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that Anthem has been pushed back to “early 2019.”
“It’s not a delay,” EA CFO Blake Jorgensen said. He’s seemingly playing the semantics game, as Kotaku’s sources had indicated that the project is behind schedule. But there’s no word more fitting for the arrival of something later than originally planned.
Rather, Jorgensen says that it’s the launch of a new Battlefield game that has EA wary of releasing Anthem in the fall. That’s a fair point — you don’t want one game in your portfolio cannibalizing the sales of another. But this logic would hold more water if EA hadn’t just done exactly that with Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 in October 2016.
Maybe EA is learning from its mistake (albeit, mistakes it should have easily avoided in 2016). Or maybe Anthem is a little behind schedule. Regardless, it’s currently set for the first quarter of 2019.