Building a new IP is usually a risky business venture - but one that can rapidly pay off if well received. In the case of EA, they've delayed Bioware's unnamed project to polish the goods.
According to GameIndustry.biz, EA CEO Andrew Wilson announced the delay through a recent financial conference call.
We know next to nothing about the project right now, but we've to understand that it's been pushed back into the 2018/2019 fiscal year in hopes that the additional time will allow its 'live service' to be properly executed. This means we're not to expect Bioware's new IP until at least next April - though with the little information we have already, it was becoming more and more unlikely that we'd see it this year anyway.
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Wilson is apparently "pleased with the progress" being made on the project as a whole which is said to be designed in a way that would rival Ubisoft's 'The Division' and Activision's 'Destiny' titles - multiplayer shooters with minimalistic MMO-style systems. There's every chance the delay has come following the lukewarm reception to Bioware's own Mass Effect: Andromeda, but there's no evidence to properly support this.
With Destiny being a massive success and The Division simply being a little too rough around the edges to hold onto its initially thriving playerbase, it makes sense for EA to call on Bioware to take their time with something that could scoop up players left behind.