Iron curtain for Anthem who will not have the right to a second chance. A few minutes after Jason Schreier’s tweet, Electronic Arts made the decision not to continue with the game’s overhaul that had been initiated a year ago now, and which was codenamed “Anthem NEXT”. A very sad news for some, a wise decision for others, the news was made official by a posted message. on the official website of the game and hand-signed by Christian Dailey, the executive producer.
In the spirit of transparency, we wanted to tell you that we have made the difficult decision to stop our new development work on Anthem (aka Anthem Next). However, we will continue to bring the Anthem service to life as it exists today.
Since Anthem’s launch, the team has worked hard to continuously improve the game, releasing several updates that have provided a variety of improvements and introduced new content. Towards the end of 2019, we put in a new effort by working on a more fundamental restructuring of the game.
But like many projects, this Anthem reboot was heckled by the COVID-19 pandemic which complicated the task of developers, especially during periods of containment, forcing employees to telecommute. Christian Dailey knows that such a decision can have a negative impact on the community, and the latter specifies that this decision is also painful for the teams in place who will have worked almost a year for nothing. Christian Dailey specifies all the same that the Anthem project was one of the most stimulating of his career. However, the abandonment of Anthem will allow BioWare to focus on other games, including the upcoming Dragon Age 4, but also the Mass Effect trilogy remaster and updates for Star Wars: The Old Republic.
The bitter failure of Anthem will also allow the industry to question a lot of things, in particular that “game as service” games are not welcome with gamers (the recent Marvel’s Avengers is also paying the price. right now) and that the deceptive E3 demos must now be phased out in favor of some honesty on the part of the developers. It will also allow us when we detect lies during the demos to be insulted and lynched in the comments section of YouTube …