It has been no secret that Drag­on Age and Mass Effect cre­ator BioWare has been work­ing on a new IP. The new game was set to release dur­ing EA’s 2018 fis­cal year, but has now been pushed back to 2019 fis­cal year (April 2018-March 2019).

In the lat­est EA earn­ings call EA CEO Andrew Wil­son gave rea­son for the delay. 

We’re very pleased with the progress of our new action IP from BioWare. The Design is stun­ning. Game­play mechan­ics are excel­lent, and the action will be exhil­a­rat­ing. The game is built around a live ser­vice, and through our cre­ative process, we decid­ed to add more to the dis­rup­tive new social design for our play­ers. To accom­mo­date that, we are mov­ing the launch date for this project into fis­cal year ’19.”

Lat­er in the call Wil­son stat­ed “We want to fur­ther devel­op the live ser­vice com­po­nent”.

There isn’t much known about BioWare’s new IP. The only offi­cial word came from Aaryn Fly­nn who said that BioWare was cre­at­ing a game “that will bring play­ers togeth­er in excit­ing new ways”. Now from this earn­ings call we know the game will like­ly have mul­ti­play­er and per­haps be mul­ti­play­er focused. The “new social design” could be an exten­sion of this mul­ti­play­er com­po­nent. It is also known that the new IP will not be an RPG despite BioWare stat­ing that they wish to “Draw upon 20+ years of devel­op­ment knowl­edge” and only ever cre­at­ing two non-RPGs.