Anthem NEXT should have become a revision of BioWare’s online game, but now the studio decided to stop the development. It will focus on other series instead, including Dragon Age and Mass Effect.
According to the studio’s executive producer Christian Dailey, the COVID-19 pandemic was one of the reasons behind this decision. While he said that “this will be disappointing to the community of Anthem players,” he noted that it is also disappointing for the team who were doing “brilliant work.”
“Game development is hard,” Dailey wrote. “Decisions like these are not easy. Moving forward, we need to laser focus our efforts as a studio and strengthen the next Dragon Age, and Mass Effect titles while continuing to provide quality updates to Star Wars: The Old Republic.”
Laura Miele, Chief Studios Officer at Electronic Arts, called Anthem a “creative risk.” She said that both EA and BioWare believed in the game, but now it’s important to focus on making the next Dragon Age and Mass Effect projects.
Anthem was released on February 22, 2019. It received a lot of criticism from both players and critics, which made BioWare start to make Anthem NEXT back in November of that year. It was developed by a small team of 30 people, and now all of them will work on other projects within the studio.
Despite canceling Anthem NEXT, BioWare still plans to keep the game running as it exists today.