Anthem 2.0 Won’t Release For A While, Says Studio Director
It’s become very clear that Anthem was not the success BioWare for was hoping for when it launched back in 2019. Though the multiplayer title offered no shortage of potential in becoming a unique and worthwhile experience, it ultimately failed to live up to expectations as the studio unveiled plans to completely overhaul the game. In the time since, the original version of Anthem received its final major update, paving the way for studio BioWare Austin to move ahead on their ambitious plans for Anthem 2.0.
In a recent BioWare blog post, lead Studio Director Christian Dailey provided a new update regarding the progress of Anthem 2.0, revealing the project is currently in its “incubation” stages. Utilizing a small “about 30-ish” team and the vast amount of fan feedback available on to them (Reddit, EA Forums, Twitter, etc.), work is said to be underway on leveraging the game’s positives and improving various aspects where BioWoare believes they fell short. Dailey admitted this phase will result in “a longer process,” but assured this incubation period is largely about “earning [their] way forward” and establishing the game’s “first major milestone goals.”
Spoiler – this is going to be a longer process. And yes, the team is small but the whole point of this is to take our time and go back to the drawing board. And a small team gives us the agility a larger one can’t afford.”
While this suggests that the new Anthem, 2.0 is quite a ways off, Dailey assured that fans can still look forward to more information as development continues to make progress. Along the way, the studio plans to give fans more involved ways to follow the project, including livestreams, further blog updates, or through posts on social media – all in effort to “be open and honest” with what fans and to consider their expectations. “We want to include you as we go and be open and honest with where we are at and what the expectations are with where we are going,” Dailey said.
We really want to provide you all the transparency we can because of your passion and interest in Anthem. But, with that comes seeing how the sausage is made – which is not always pretty by the way.”
Promises of transparency seem encouraging enough, though, it’s still going to be a while before we’ll see any of the studio’s plans come to fruition. Though plans were officially announced late last year, a previously-surfaced report cited significant work had already taken place at multiple BioWare offices for a majority of 2019, with devs “tearing it down” and “rebuilding ” the experience at a fundamental level. While the RPG-centric studio has already largely confirmed their plans, BioWare’s update has lent credence to the rumor again by highlighting what they are “exploring NEXT for Anthem” – referring to the project’s rumored codename of “Anthem Next.”
Anthem is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
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