During EA’s earnings call today it was announced that BioWare’s new IP will be delayed until the fiscal year of 2019. According to the quote from CEO of EA Andrew Wilson, EA is quite happy with the progression of the game’s development. Wilson describes it as “stunning” design, “excellent” gameplay, and “exhilarating” action. All the most stock verbs one could use to describe each of those categories, but nonetheless promising.
More importantly, Wilson stated that the new IP is “built around a live service.” Which implies to me something like an MMO, a Destiny if you will. Something still on console, but very much online.
Wilson could also be referring to streaming services, like YouTube or Twitch. Games focused on these platforms is something Amazon Game Studios is doing right now with still in development Breakaway, New World, and Crucible. Thus, it’s not entirely foolish or unlikely that EA would want to tap into the streaming market too.
Though either an MMO or Twitch centered game is not something BioWare has done in quite some time, Old Republic remains in their past library of games. That said, BioWare is an entirely new studio since those days, so who knows what the same teams that made Dragon Age: Inquisition and Mass Effect: Andromeda will be able to accomplish from scratch. Some fans may not have their confidence high after the major disappointment that was Andromeda, but I hope we are all willing to give them another chance.
That said, the delay in question to this exciting new IP is due to EA’s desire to “add more to the disruptive new social designs” of the game. A more simplistic way of saying this would be that EA wants to add more dialogue options and side quests. A good thing, especially if it is an MMO.
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