An Electronic Arts financial call has potentially revealed a new tidbit about Anthem, BioWare’s high profile action role-playing title. The studio initially teased it all the way back in 2014, but it was the E3 2017 full reveal trailer that really set speculation alight for what the game could deliver. Fans now know that Anthem will have everything from an open world and a choice-based story to co-op gameplay with an in-game economy, but one thing has remained shrouded in mystery: the long-expected beta for the game. Today’s fiscal call broached the subject, though the answer remains non-definitive.
Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson was among three executives who spoke on the call. While everything from the growth of EA Sports sales and financial earnings compared with the previous year were detailed, Wilson also zeroed on the company’s upcoming projects – and that includes Anthem. He called the game a “stunning and ambitious” title that will entertain a wide audience of players, before talking about how those same players will have a chance to impact the game’s development via what will likely be an open beta:
Anthem is a fundamentally social experience, and we will open new ways for fans to join the community and play early, enabling us to shape and refine the game with their input and feedback
The statement that fans can “play early” likely means a beta is on the way, though it’s unclear if this will be open or closed. It’s worth noting that Anthem director Jonathan Warner heavily implied a public beta would eventually release for the game. In any event, it seems like Electronic Arts has coyly stated that the the long-awaited Anthem beta is still coming, though its release window, length, and full scope still remain a mystery.
Electronic Arts has already confirmed that an Anthem gameplay video will be shown at EA Play, which is Electronic Arts’ own presentation at E3 2018. Technical Director Brenon Holmes has also recently confirmed that Anthem graphics won’t be a downgrade from the E3 2017 trailer, though it’s unknown if the PS4 Pro and Xbox One variants of the game will feature significant enhancements beyond the other console editions. It’s also currently unknown if a story-based trailer is also on the cards for E3 2018, or if attendees will get any hands-on time with the title ahead of the probable open beta.
CFO Blake Jorgensen, one of the other executives on the call, also confirmed that he expects Anthem to launch at the end of EA’s fiscal year, all but confirming a March 2019 launch for the title.
Anthem is set to release in early 2019 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Source: Seeking Alpha