BioWare Ends Anthem NEXT Project

An Anthem Update on the BioWare Blog announces that the efforts to save Anthem revealed a year ago will cease, and they are no longer working on the Anthem NEXT update to resurrect the multiplayer action/RPG. They do say the current version of Anthem will remain available. This means the report Bloomberg from a couple of weeks ago turned out to be accurate in predicting the company was in the process of deciding the game's fate. BioWare's Christian Dailey explains that the stress of working remotely during COVID-19 factored into the decision to give up on the game. He says BioWare's focus going forward will be the next Dragon Age and Mass Effect games while continuing support Star Wars: The Old Republic:
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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Kxmode wrote on Feb 25, 2021, 00:44:
Avus wrote on Feb 24, 2021, 20:14:
End Anthem support and blame it on COVID-19 ...

Why not? It's quite fashionable these days.

But it's also the truth.
Dev Teams (especially for large publishers) have teams ranging from 20 to 200+ people. Throw in a pandemic and social distancing and you're taking a dev team that is typically together in person for 1-3 years, having to work from home and loosing a ton of dev time.
Analogy time: Wal-Marts vs induvial stores. Pre-Pandemic ya just went to wal-mart where everything was under one roof. During Pandemic instead of going to wal-mart to buy clothes, food, pet food, automotive stuff, you have to go to each store individually. Go to 1 store, get your stuff back to the car, drive to the next store etc etc.

Also once the Doctors Left Bioware it has never been the same. Mass Effect 3's multiple choice of bad ending was the first sign of this. Then the Founders left. And lets just throw in how EA buys companies and either milks them till they bleed (The Sims, btw anyone know what happened to Will Wright?), or they try something with a franchise and it just doesn't work (Athem), or just isn't as good as the old games (Mass Effect Andromeda). Athem has a small team working on the NEXT Project, but if you're a number crusher, continuing Athem's NEXT Project wasn't gonna happen.
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