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It seems like recently BioWare just can't catch a break. The studio has been catching a lot of huffing and puffing from the community over the issues with Mass Effect: Andromeda, and now it appears things may not be going all that great for them on their newest game, since it's been delayed.
The news was actually part of the earnings call that followed EA's Q4 2017 financial report. Andrew Wilson, the CEO of Electronic Arts, broke the news about the delay. This came after he extolled BioWare for their efforts on Mass Effect: Andromeda. The new IP is now delayed to release anywhere between April 2018 and March 2019.
Quite naturally, most people assumed that the delay on BioWare's newest IP was in direct result of the poor showing of Mass Effect: Andromeda and the lower-than-expected quality of output for the game. However, Wilson was quick to note that the delay of the new IP had nothing to do with the very vocal, mixed reactions that BioWare's sci-fi RPG received at release.
Gamespot pulled quotes from Wilson, who explained that the delay of the new game had nothing to do with the critical reception of the other, saying...
It's somewhat ironic that Wilson mentions that as leaders in the industry they feel a responsibility to innovate, because that was one of the biggest complaints with Mass Effect: Andromeda. While the open-world combat afforded more stable playability over the previous Mass Effect entries, there were a lot of complaints about the lack of innovation when it came to lip-synching improvements, character designs, animations, and dialogue options that allowed gamers to mimic or impersonate behavior similar to the Renegade option in the previous Mass Effect trilogy.
From the outside looking in it's tough not to see the parallels between Mass Effect: Andromeda's highly charged mixed reactions and the fact that EA is announcing a delay for BioWare's next game in order to insure that the game meets the quality standards of EA's aim for innovative and creative products.
The thing is, we have no idea what this new IP is, but, apparently, it's not another role-playing game.
We do know that it's an action-adventure title with a cross-platform online multiplayer component, which was made clear by EA's CEO Andrew Wilson.
The thing is, the comment section on Gamespot instantly jumped to conclusion that maybe EA is taking a more hands-on approach to ensure quality control is intact for BioWare's latest title.
Wilson, however, paints a different picture... that BioWare is on track with their new IP and they're just delaying the game to further innovate the product for release. Regardless, we won't be seeing BioWare's new IP on store shelves anytime soon, but Wilson did hint that we might get a glimpse of it at E3 this year.