The decision was made to build media attention around the new IP across the course of this year, while opting to release a new, officially unrevealed Battlefield game in Anthem's original slot. Destructoid also notes that EA hasn't traditionally had a problem putting two of its titles on the market in the same quarter; October 2016 saw the release of both Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2. However some are cautious of how EA will be handling Anthem post release, especially after the furore that erupted over Star Wars Battlefront II's loot boxes. A narrative of action that I'll probably get horribly addicted to, if Bioware's Anthem game dips into that well of thought.
Bioware's Anthem was given star billing at the Xbox E3 2017 press conference, showing it as a ideal example of the capabilities of the Xbox One X. It was also said to be coming late 2018. "We are really confident of its ship date", said EA boss Andrew Wilson during a company investors call.
That's right, EA has confirmed that Anthem will not be released until 2019. Primarily built as an FPS engine, BioWare have previously struggled to adapt Frostbite for Dragon Age and, most infamously, Mass Effect Andromeda. Then head down to the comments and let us know how you're hoping to see or do in Anthem when the game hits consoles in 2019. As such, any change to a later date would of course be considered a delay by fans eagerly awaiting the drop of the newest Bioware title.