During today's EA quarterly financial briefing, some new details emerged for BioWare's upcoming live-service title Anthem. The game's Q4 2019 release window hasn't changed, but EA reveals that it's being "conservative" with the game's forecast.
In a question about the forecast for Anthem, EA's chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen said that "Since [Anthem] is new IP, we're being conservative in how we're thinking about it." Jorgensen assures listeners that Anthem "is extremely unique and... players are going to really enjoy playing it." However, Jorgensen says EA is being "careful not to put too large a forecast in there."
While the reasoning that Anthem's newness as an IP should cause EA to act a little more cautiously is fair enough, it's hard not to read into Jorgensen's words considering the recent reports coming out of BioWare and even games as services as a whole.
We know from a Kotaku report earlier this year that development on Anthem has a lot of pressure to do well internally. Also, the critical failure of Mass Effect: Andromeda has already shaken up BioWare's corporate structure, and could be another factor weighing on EA's mind as Anthem heads towards the finish line.
What's more the struggles for games like Destiny 2 and even Star Wars Battlefront 2 have created a different climate for games like Anthem, which is looking a lot like a Destiny-like live service game.
We still haven't seen a whole lot of Anthem since it was announced at E3 last year. We will most likely see Anthem in a much fuller capacity at E3 2018. So check out our E3 2018 guide for the latest show schedule. Also, we will be updating our complete Anthem guide as details emerge.