BioWare and publisher Electronic Arts give up Anthem. The planned revision of the game 2019 – called Anthem Next or Anthem 2.0 – nearing the end, said BioWare in an update of the status of Anthem. The studio will continue to run the current live service for Anthem.
“In the spirit of transparency and closure, we would like to share that we have made the difficult decision to stop our new development work with Anthem (aka Anthem NEXT), ”Said BioWare producer Christian Dailey in a post on the BioWare blog. “However, we continue to keep Anthem live service runs as it exists today. ”
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“I know this will be disappointing for the community in Anthem players who have been happy to see the improvements we have been working on, ”said Dailey. “It is also disappointing for the team that did a brilliant job. And for me personally, Anthem is what brought me to BioWare, and the last two years have been some of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my career.
“Game development is tough. Decisions like these are not easy. Going forward, we need to laser-focus our efforts as a studio and strengthen the next Dragon Age and Mass Effect titles, while continuing to deliver quality updates to Star Wars: The Old Republic. ”
BioWare announced in February 2020, a year later Anthem launched to a lukewarm response from fans and critics that it planned to redesign the game. The goal of overhaul Anthem was to “reinvent the core gameplay loop,” said then-BioWare general manager Casey Hudson. (Hudson has since left BioWare.)
“[We] recognizes that there is still more basic work to be done to get the full potential of the experience out, and that it will require a more comprehensive invention than an update or expansion, ”Hudson said last year. He explained that BioWare stopped seasonal updates for Anthem to focus on “a long-term redesign of the experience, specifically working to reinvent the core gameplay loop with clear goals, motivating challenges and progression with meaningful rewards – while maintaining fun by flying and fighting in a huge science-fantasy environment. “
BioWare released a handful of publicly updated status updates on it Anthem in the following months. BioWare Austin studio director Christian Dailey told players that Anthem the team’s work would be “a lengthy process” as it went back to the drawing board. Dailey posted two gameplay updates, one focusing on looting and equipment targets and one focusing on Javelin builds. Dailey has since gone out as the producer of the Dragon Age series and replaces Mark Darrah, who left BioWare in December.
Anthem was released on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One in January 2019.