BioWare’s Anthem will arrive on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC in March 2019.
In a recent financial call, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen revealed that Anthem will launch in “the last quarter of the year and in the last month of that quarter,” meaning March 2019.
Previously, the publisher announced that the game was being pushed back from its fall 2018 window to early 2019 to avoid competing with the new Battlefield. At the time, Jorgensen said that the delay had nothing to do with development issues.
Later in the call, Jorgensen stated that EA is being “conservative” about Anthem’s potential success due to it being a new IP and potential restocking issues with it releasing at the end of the fiscal year.
“Since it is new IP, we’re being conservative in how we’re thinking about it. We’re very excited about the game,” he said (via Seeking Alpha). “It’s extremely unique, and I think players are going to really enjoy playing it, but we’re careful not to put too large of a forecast in there. And clearly, it will impact this year as well as next year as we not only continue to sell more into the next year but start rolling out the live services associated with that game.”
Previous reports have suggested that BioWare is under pressure to make Anthem a great game, following the poor reception of Mass Effect: Andromeda.