Anthem did not have the launch that Bioware ultimately hoped for, and ever since they've been working on improving the game with updates and patches. They were also working on some bigger changes to the game and new content, which had earned the title Anthem NEXT within the company, but it was recently revealed that a decision would be made soon whether or not development was to continue on the project. Sadly the news isn't good, as Bioware's Christian Dailey has revealed in a blog post that development has stopped on Anthem NEXT.
The blog post did, however, say that the servers for Anthem would continue to run, but it seems any future content, including the continuation of the story, is not going to happen. It's a shame but understandable. For those who played Anthem, what was there was quite enjoyable content-wise, but there was just not enough of it to keep players hooked long-term, and issues with the live-service didn't help things either.
You can read the full post below.
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). We will, however, continue to keep the Anthem live service running as it exists today.
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.
During the development we've provided updates revealing some of the team's work through blog posts and conversations with you on social media and it's been inspiring for us to see the positive reactions and feedback. I've been incredibly proud of the work the team has been doing, and excited to see and play each new build of the experience.
2020 was a year unlike any other however and while we continue to make progress against all our game projects at BioWare, working from home during the pandemic has had an impact on our productivity and 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.
Game development is hard. Decisions like these are not easy. Moving forward, we need to laser focus our efforts as a studio and strengthen the next Dragon Age, and Mass Effect titles while continuing to provide quality updates to Star Wars: The Old Republic.
To the Anthem community, thank you for your passion and creativity. Your feedback and suggestions most certainly help shape the team's direction, and on a personal note, your kindness and encouragement were much needed last year.
Please stay safe and be kind to each other. Strong alone, stronger together.
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