Bioware General Manager, Casey Hudson took to Bioware’s official blog announce a total overhaul of Anthem. This announcement comes after a year of complete disappointment for the RPG studio. Bugs, lack of endgame content, lack of progression, and other issues plagued the launch of the looter shooter. The bad press surrounding the launch and the revelations about the development of the game have resulted in one of the biggest commercial failures Bioware has ever faced.
“One year ago, we were preparing to launch Anthem – a game that represented a big leap into new territory for us as a studio. It was an exhilarating and terrifying experience to go out to the world with something new and different, and we are grateful to all the players who have come along with us on the journey. It has been a thrill for us to see the creativity of our players in designing customized Javelins and watching them master Anthem’s flying and fighting gameplay. I am so proud of the work the team has put into this game, and at the same time, there’s so much more that we – and you – would have wanted from it,” Hudson says.
Hudson also states that their solution is to take the game away from the current gameplay loop and redesign it into a more fulfilling experience. This means that the current version of Anthem will look vastly different from the new version coming in a major update down the line.
Bioware will be keeping the game running in its current state but instead of the seasons of content they had been producing, they will be doing a rehash of past events until the overhaul is ready.
“We’ll be doing something we’d like to have done more of the first time around – giving a focused team the time to test and iterate, focusing on gameplay first,” wrote Hudson. This is a departure from the original development of the game which was never tested the way it needed to be. Hudson also said in her post that she hopes the community will continue to offer feedback about the game as they move forward.
Hopefully this time around, Anthem can become the vision that the studio had originally drafted. Are you excited about the Anthem Overhaul? Willing to give Bioware a chance again? Let us know below.