The release of BioWare's shared-world shooter Anthem has been pushed into 2019, Kotaku sources claim.

Anthem was announced at E3 last year and given a 2018 release window – something sources say was never realistic. It will now likely release before the end of the financial year in March 2019.

Both BioWare Edmonton and BioWare Austin are working on the game, and even Dragon Age executive producer Mark Darrah has been pulled across from that title.

Developers speaking anonymously to Kotaku's Jason Schreier said there is anxiety around the game thanks to issues with the Frostbite engine (which also caused massive headaches in the development of Mass Effect Andromeda), and also because the failure of Andromeda led to the closure of BioWare Montreal, and the beloved series being shelved.

The dev team is very aware of player anger over loot boxes and microtransactions in EA’s Star Wars Battlefront II, and player frustration over Activision's Destiny 2 – a game that Anthem appears to be very similar to.

In addition, a couple of developers said big YouTubers spreading misinformation about EA has had a demoralizing effect on some people working on Anthem.

There are some other interesting tidbits in Kotaku's story: apparently EA is looking at incorporating more "live" elements into the next Dragon Age, and BioWare has discussed ending development on Star Wars: The Old Republic.