BioWare announced the cancellation of Anthem Next with its latest statement. In February 2020, EA and BioWare announced Anthem Next (also known as Anthem 2.0). This new version of Anthem aimed to overhaul the game mechanics. However, BioWare today announced the official cancellation of the new game.
This shouldn’t really come as a surprise. After all, we haven’t heard anything about Anthem Next for a while. BioWare claims that Anthem Next’s cancellation was mostly due to the pandemic.
Will The Anthem Live service continue?
No worries! Executive producer for Bioware Christian Dailey made the announcement and assured users the Anthem live service will continue to run.
“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. We will, however, continue to keep the Anthem live service running as it exists today.”
“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.”
In short, Anthem Next has never been a high priority for BioWare and EA. Otherwise, the team could focus on it and delay their future (and unpublished) projects. This is the sad truth, and BioWare fans should remember this when both the next Dragon Age and Mass Effect games come out. Anthem couldn’t balance much of anything, unfortunately. From a gameplay perspective, Anthem undercut itself at many turns
Bioware ultimately came to the conclusion that it needed to power Dragon Age and Mass Effect games in line with its decision. The team also highlighted that they will continue to provide quality updates for Star Wars: The Old Republic.