It seems like I get half of my news from investment calls these days. This tidbit is no different, Electronic Arts Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen, who said at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference yesterday that it’s slated for the fourth quarter of EA’s fiscal year.
The exact statment was “We’ve got our Battlefield first-person shooter game coming in the third quarter, and our third-party title that Respawn, our partner, built, called Titanfall, it’s the second title that they brought into that brand. Both of those are first-person shooters and will be targeted around both the fast, action-driven shooter market, as well as the strategy-driven market in the quarter,We have all our sports games. We have our Mirror’s Edge runner game, it’s first quarter. and then we have Mass Effect, which is a sci-fi action game, in our fourth quarter. So big year ahead and we’re pretty excited.”
There is a lot of info in that short statement. Mass effect in fiscal Q4 (so 2017), Titan fall two this year in the third quarter, and Mirrors edge in Q1. EA’s fiscal year runs from April 1 to March 3, which means our window for Mass Effect is now January 1 to March 31 of 2017. This is quite the delay from its original reported date sometime between October and December of 2016. I tend to think game delays are good rather than bad as they make sure they game thats delivered is polished and well finished, but this seems to be motivated by how the games EA offers need to be spaced out rather than any real need to have it finished. Pushing Mass Effect means EA will have a major release after the Christmas season instead of three major titles during it.
this news first appeared on Neogaf.