Anthem Next was set to be a re-do of sorts for Anthem, BioWare’s live-service action RPG which quickly lost traction with players. BioWare handed Anthem to BioWare Austin which specifically works on live projects like Star Wars: The Old Republic.
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BioWare Austin executive producer Christian Dailey became the face of Anthem Next, writing three blog posts about Anthem Next’s development throughout 2020. But according to the report, Dailey left the Anthem team in December as part of a management shake-up. BioWare’s Casey Hudson and Mark Darrah also the company in December.
Dailey’s departure put more questions around the future of the project.
In its development blog, BioWare Austin detailed some changes that the team considered for Anthem Next, including updates to loot drops, weapons, the Javelins — the robot armor players pilot and customize — and skill tree changes. Basically, a top-down overhaul and Bloomberg says other major changes have been made to Anthem’s “core systems and user interface[.]”This isn’t to say Anthem Next has been officially canceled. That remains to be seen following EA’s internal review, and if the project is shaping up to satisfaction the dev team will be expanded to pursue the project further.
IGN reviewed Anthem and gave it a 6.5 saying its energetic combat can’t save the lack of content and tedious grind. But second chances have become increasingly common in video games thanks to success stories like Final Fantasy 14 and No Man’s Sky.
Matt T.M. Kim is a reporter for IGN. You can reach him at @lawoftd on Twitter.