Mass Effect, Dragon Age Dev's New IP Delayed
The new game from BioWare won't be coming out for a while.
BioWare is best known as the developer behind the Dragon Age and Mass Effect series, and it released Mass Effect: Andromeda earlier this year. Alongside these established franchises, however, BioWare is also working on a new IP, but today publisher EA announced that you'll have to wait a little longer to get your hands on it.
In an earnings call, the publisher revealed that the new game is now expected to launch sometime during the fiscal year '19--between April 2018 and March 2019. On the call, CEO Andrew Wilson explained that the delay is due to BioWare adding more to its "social design."
"We are very pleased with the progress of our new action IP from BioWare," he said. "The design is stunning, gameplay mechanics are excellent, and the action will be exhilarating. The game is built around a live service, and to upgrade our process, we've decided to add more to the disruptive new social design for our players. To accommodate that, we are moving our launch date for this project into fiscal year '19."
"We want to further develop the live service component," CFO Blake Jorgensen added.
EA had previously said that the game would be released by the end of fiscal year '18, which ends on March 31, 2018.
Not much is known about the project at this time, but back in January, BioWare general manager Aaryn Flynn gave a short update on the company's design philosophy. "Our ambition is simple," he said. "Draw upon 20-plus years of development knowledge and lessons to create something fun and new for you to enjoy with your friends. There's nothing quite as exciting as building a new IP from scratch, and it will be even more thrilling for us to share more with you in the future."
You can read more about EA's earnings here. EA also announced today that a new Need For Speed game will launch by the end of 2017.
We'll update this story with any new information we receive about the game from the earnings call, and keep an eye on GameSpot in coming months for more news out of BioWare and EA.