Anthem has been under the radar for a few months now after its failed launch. There are so little people playing the game that BioWare even forgot to take down the Christmas decorations after its festive event took place in December of 2019. Last night, the team behind the game shared some news about the future of Anthem hinting at a full reboot of the game in the coming months. BioWare will be pausing development on short-term updates and expansions to focus on a much broader “longer-term redesign”.
BioWare acknowledged that Anthem is not in a good spot by admitting there is still a lot of work to do in order to bring out the full potential of the game.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”#FAC41D” class=”” size=”21″]We recognize that there’s still more fundamental work to be done to bring out the full potential of the experience, and it will require a more substantial reinvention than an update or expansion,” Hudson writes. “Over the coming months we will be focusing on a longer-term redesign of the experience, specifically working to reinvent the core gameplay loop with clear goals, motivating challenges and progression with meaningful rewards — while preserving the fun of flying and fighting in a vast science-fantasy setting.”[/perfectpullquote]
In order to achieve this, BioWare will be giving a dedicated team the time and resources to work on these new features and fundamental changes to the core of the game. BioWare revealed that right now, the original Anthem will keep running and at the same time the studio will be moving away from full seasons as the team works towards a new version of the game.
Anthem will still receive its store refreshes, in-game events and seasonal content but the rotations will slow down and be less exciting.
What does this all mean? In a nutshell, BioWare seems to want to reboot Anthem as a “2.0” meaning a whole new game built from the ground up which will leverage the player base of the original game. It could mean that when this project is completed, players will simply download the new version using the disc or license they have already. However, it will take a while before we see this project come into fruition.