BioWare’s next big release, the online multiplayer game Anthem, is still on track to launch on schedule on February 22, 2019. Executive producer Mark Darrah wrote on Twitter that the PS4, Xbox One, and PC title is still locked in for that date. “Same as always,” he wrote.
This new confirmation comes after Darrah responded to someone on Twitter who said they thought the game was launching in March, not February. “Nope February is what it’s always been,” he said.
Our release date is February 22, 2019.
Same as always
— Mark Darrah (@BioMarkDarrah) November 19, 2018
Darrah’s comments also follow a rumour on Reddit that claims BioWare is testing Anthem for Sony’s unannounced PlayStation 5 console. The rumour, which comes from the same person who revealed Sony was skipping E3 2019 a day before Sony announced it, also stated that Anthem is “a mess” on current-generation hardware, noting that it may get delayed.
Anthem was initially scheduled to launch in 2018, but it was later pushed to 2019. Sources said the delay was due to development issues, but EA instead said it wanted to release the game during a less-crowded period.
A “VIP Demo” for Anthem will be available to EA/Origin Access subscribers on Xbox One and PC, respectively on February 1, 2019. The demo also be available to pre-order customers, which opens the door for PS4 players to get in on the action.
The game is a sci-fi action RPG that casts players as Freelancers, who are soldiers that are equipped with Javelins. These super high-tech Iron Man-like suits allow players to fly around environments and engage with enemies while completing quests either alone or with others.