Publishing giant Electronic Arts has announced delays to two of its biggest upcoming titles, Battlefield Hardline and Dragon Age: Inquisition, even as it reports bumper profits.
EA's Battlefield Hardline has been delayed to 2015, while Dragon Age: Inquisition
has suffered a smaller schedule slip.
The cops-'n-robbers themed follow-up to Battlefield 4, Battlefield Hardline has been officially delayed until an as-yet unspecified date in 2015. 'Back at E3, we launched a beta for Hardline — we wanted to not only show you the game, but to let you play it for yourselves. Millions of you jumped in and had a great time. As a result, the Visceral Games team learned a lot from players about what they wanted in the game. We’ve been poring over the data and feedback, and have already been putting a lot of it right into the game and sharing it directly with you,
' wrote DICE's Karl Magnus Troedsson in a message
regarding the delay.
'This feedback also spurred us to start thinking about other possibilities and ways we could push Hardline innovation further and make the game even better. The more we thought about these ideas, the more we knew we had to get them into the game you will all be playing. However, there was only one problem. We would need more time. Time that we didn’t have if we decided to move forward with launching in just a couple of months.
This significant delay is joined by a shorter schedule slip for role-playing title Dragon Age: Inquisition that will see the game launching on the 21st of November. 'We appreciate the enormous support we’ve received from all of you to get to this point,
' wrote executive producer Mark Darrah in a blog post
, 'and while this extra few weeks may not seem like a lot, I know the game you’ll play will be all the better for it.
The delay announcements come as EA itself reported an earnings boost of 51 per cent in its most recent financial report.