Anthem NEXT, the colossal upgrade that was meant to save the beleaguered online game has been cancelled.
Furthermore, while Anthem’s servers will remain up for now, Bioware Austin’s studio director Chris Dailey has confirmed Anthem’s development has all but ended. In a statement on Bioware’s website, Dailey states:
“We’ve made the difficult decision to stop our new development work on Anthem (aka Anthem NEXT). 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.”
Dailey goes on to state that BioWare’s efforts will instead be focused on the development of future Dragon Age and Mass Effect titles. There had been rumblings that Anthem was in jeopardy; the multiplayer action-RPG had received a mixed response at release (we gave it a so-so six out of ten) and BioWare’s decision to move into the games-as-service market seemed a little odd.
BioWare recognised Anthem needed an overhaul, which is what NEXT was meant to accomplish. However, for whatever reason, NEXT will never see the light of day and Anthem players, those who’ve stayed the game, are stuck with the game in its current state.
We hope that those who were working on the title either find work elsewhere in the company or otherwise land on their feet. It can’t be easy seeing a game you’ve put so much time into be cut loose. But for now, it’s unfortunately Game Over for Anthem.