Rumors of Bioware’s Anthem delay are apparently true, according to a report from the company released just today. BioWare announced that the game would be delayed until sometime after Christmas, likely in the spring of next year. However, it’s probably for the best for BioWare, especially after Mass Effect: Andromeda.
Anthem was announced at E3 2017 as an upcoming Bioware game that came hot on the heels of the disappointing release of Mass Effect Andromeda, which got a lot of controversy and mixed reviews over bad character animations and large amounts of bugs. With the news that BioWare is working on Anthem, it’s likely that the reason for Andromeda’s poor quality might have been because the BioWare A-team wasn’t working on it, and was instead working on Anthem.
Anthem seems to want to be EA’s answer to open-world games like Destiny and The Division. Taking place on what appears to be Earth in the distant future, players take on the role of people called Freelancers, who suit up in powered suits of armor called Javelins in order to complete missions outside the walls of a city.
While the premise doesn’t seem to be all that original, hopefully Bioware can make Anthem distinct enough for it to carve out a niche of its own among the open-world shooter genre. The Anthem delay can also be beneficial as Bioware and EA can figure out how to not make the game like Battlefront 2, which nearly had microtransactions until the massive backlash against them ended up drastically effecting the game.
Either way, even if the Anthem delay means we won’t get our very own Iron Man suits until sometime in Spring of next year, hopefully the delay will allow BioWare to make it even better before they release it. Anthem will be releasing on Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC sometime next year.