Game blogs are buzzing on Wednesday over a report on the popular site Kotaku about the upcoming action game, “Anthem,” a title being developed primarily at Electronic Arts’ BioWare Austin studio. The story, citing anonymous people working on the game, suggests the game won’t be released until spring of 2019 and that BioWare is marshaling nearly all of its resources in Austin and its Edmonton, Canada, studio to work on this new franchise. In a story we ran in December, “Anthem” was expected to be perhaps the biggest game release out of Austin this year.
The stakes, according to the report, are especially high: the studio’s last game, “Mass Effect: Andromeda,” was a critical bust (though it appears to have done OK financially), and expectations for a big-budget shooter have become higher after controversies with EA’s own “Star Wars Battlefront 2” and Bungie’s “Destiny 2.”
The project is perhaps the biggest since BioWare’s “Star Wars: The Old Republic,” released in late 2011. Both games involve hundreds of workers and hundreds of millions of dollars and years to make. The Kotaku story suggests that the game is so big, its success could directly impact BioWare Austin’s fate.
Also not helping, according to Kotaku: bashing from media outlets and some leadership changes at BioWare that have some gamers concerned about where “Anthem” is headed.
Kotaku says the studio did not comment officially for its story. We’ve reached out to BioWare as well and will update this story if there’s a statement or more information from Electronic Arts.
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