The seemingly rushed release of Mass Effect: Andromeda has proven something of a learning experience for BioWare and EA. At least, that appears to be the case, since EA revealed earlier today that BioWare’s brand new project is getting delayed until April 2018 at the earliest.
EA broke the news during a quarterly call with its investors. The delay into fiscal 2019 would be necessary, according to EA, in order to allow for BioWare to introduce some new features into the upcoming game.
From what we know of the new IP, it is headed in a new direction by BioWare’s standards. The project will not be an RPG, for example. Instead, it is an action game which has been designed around a live service. EA’s CEO, Andrew Wilson, has indicated that development on that front has gone smoothly.
“We’re very pleased with the progress of our new action IP from BioWare,” Wilson said during the call. “We decided to add more to the disruptive new social design for our players.”
Previously, BioWare’s new game, which Wilson described as being set in a “unique new universe,” was expected to arrive “at the end of the fiscal year.” (Sometime before March 2018.) Wilson had described the franchise as “a clean-sheet design with new concepts, new gameplay mechanics, and new stories set in a unique new universe.
This game has the potential to fundamentally disrupt the way people think about an action title, bringing friends together to play in exhilarating new ways. We’re very excited about the future of this new franchise and its ability to attract a large global audience.
—Andrew Wilson, CEO of EA
For now, there isn’t much else about the project to go on. The term “genre-melding” was thrown around when describing the game, but EA has been careful to avoid labeling the title an RPG. That said, whatever the game ends up being, it appears that multiplayer will be a key component.
“In 2012, we began crafting a new universe full of new characters, stories, and gameplay,” BioWare’s Aaryn Flynn said of the game previously. “Our ambition is simple: Draw upon 20+ years of development knowledge and lessons to create something fun and new for you to enjoy with your friends.”
We’ll have more for you when BioWare and EA get around to dropping more details about this new franchise. It seems very likely that we’ll learn more at this year’s E3.