Are Anthem’s Days Numbered?

In a few days, a decision might be made whether Electronic Arts continues funding Anthem 2.0 or if the project is binned altogether.

Anthem came, saw, and then promptly flopped in 2019, as the game was essentially released in an incomplete format by BioWare, who didn’t see that much of a success with its previous game, Mass Effect: Andromeda, either. The team, however, decided to revamp Anthem to make it what it was meant to be (Anthem 2.0), but since its announcement, we haven’t heard much about the project („more and better loot; more satisfying Javelin [exoskeleton] builds,” plus some pirate concept art).

The whole idea might land in the recycle bin, as Bloomberg reports that BioWare’s executives are meeting Electronic Arts’ personnel this week (and EA owns the studio) to review the status of Anthem 2.0 and decide whether the team should be expanded that works on it (currently 30 people is official from May 2020), or to pull the plug entirely. The latter option would benefit the development of Dragon Age 4 and the next Mass Effect.

It’s likely that Electronic Arts is shutting down Anthem 2.0 altogether, as the publisher hasn’t officially backed BioWare’s efforts to rework the game, so if the sword of Damocles does strike down, it wouldn’t be surprising. There’s another factor to consider: Christian Dailey, the studio director of BioWare Austin, took over the reins of Dragon Age 4 in December. Previously, he helmed a small „incubation team” to review what made Anthem fail. Also, Casey Hudson and Mark Darrah, two veterans, left the company altogether, so Dailey might not have enough time to look at Anthem anymore.

So prepare for Electronic Arts to back out from behind Anthem, which is thus heading to the graveyard if it does happen. It’s a matter of time to announce it.

Source: PCGamer

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