BioWare and publisher Electronic Arts are abandoning Anthem. The planned overhaul of the game for 2019 – indicated as Forward anthem or Anthem 2.0 – is coming to an end, said BioWare in an update on the status of Anthem. The studio will continue to perform the current live service for Anthem.
“In the spirit of transparency and closure, we wanted to share that we made the difficult decision to stop our new development. Anthem (Also known as Anthem NEXT), ”Said BioWare executive producer Christian Daly in a post on the BioWare blog. “However, we will continue to protect Anthem a live service operating as it exists today. “
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“I know this is going to be frustrating for the community.” Anthem players who are excited to see the improvements we are working on, ”said the Daily. “It’s also disappointing for the team, which did a brilliant job. And for me personally, the anthem led me to BioWare and the last two years have been some of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my career.
“Developing games is difficult. Solutions like these are not easy. Moving forward, we need to focus our efforts as a studio and strengthen the next titles of Dragon Age and Mass Effect, while continuing to provide quality updates to Star Wars: The Old Republic. “
BioWare was announced in February 2020, a year later Anthem launched on a cool response from fans and critics that it plans to rework the game. The purpose of major repairs Anthem had to “rediscover the core gameplay,” said then-BioWare general manager Casey Hudson. (Hudson has since left BioWare.)
“[We] realize that there is still a lot of fundamental work to be done to unleash the full potential of the experience, and it will require more substantial rediscovery than updating or expanding, ”Hudson said last year. He explained that BioWare stops seasonal updates on Anthem to focus on “a longer-term redesign of the experience, in particular working to rediscover the core game cycle with clear goals, motivating challenges and progression with meaningful rewards – while maintaining the enjoyment of flying and wrestling in an extensive sci-fi situation. “
BioWare has released several public status updates Anthem in the coming months. The director of the BioWare studio in Austin, Christian Daly, told the players that Anthem the team’s work will be a “longer process” as it returns to the drawing board. The Daily has released two gameplay updates, one focusing on loot and equipment goals, and the other on Javelin. Since then, Daly has become the executive producer of the Dragon Age series, replacing Mark Dara, who left BioWare in December.
Anthem was released on the PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One in January 2019.