EA and Bioware are canceling the development of the Anthem overhaul known as Anthem Next.
“In the spirit of transparency and closure, we wanted to share that we’ve made the difficult decision to stop our new development work on Anthem (aka Anthem Next),” Bioware confirmed in an official blog post. It notes that the game will continue as it currently exists.
“Since Anthem’s launch, the team has been working hard to continually improve the game, releasing multiple updates that brought with them a variety of improvements and introduced new content to play. Towards the end of 2019, we expanded on that effort and started working on a more fundamental restructure of the game,” writes Christian Dailey, the game’s executive producer.
However, the pandemic hit in 2020. As a result, “not everything we had planned as a studio before COVID-19 can be accomplished without putting undue stress on our teams.”
“I know this will be disappointing to the community of Anthem players who have been excited to see the improvements we’ve been working on. It’s also disappointing for the team who were doing brilliant work. 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,” Dailey adds.
Hi all…tough day. It’s disappointing for sure, especially for the Anthem team. But we are excited for such a talented group to join Dragon Age. Thank you, Anthem community, for all your passion and support. ❤️❤️ https://t.co/Zp5orTweOr— Christian Dailey (@ChristianDailey) February 24, 2021
Anthem received mixed to negative reviews when it came out back in 2019.