BioWare Cancels Anthem Next Update, Shifts Focus to Dragon Age 4

Anthem is cancelled, BioWare says, so the team can move forward on its other major projects.

Anthem development is ceasing, BioWare Austin Executive Producer Christian Dailey announced in a new blog post. While the existing Anthem live service will continue for the foreseeable future, Anthem NEXT and all future upgrades are canceled.

Dailey cited multiple reasons for the decision. Chief among them is development difficulties the team encountered during 2020. Dailey said:

...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.

From now on, Dailey said BioWare will split its focus between Dragon Age 4, the new Mass Effect, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. Bloomberg's Jason Schreier confirmed the Anthem NEXT team was shifted onto Dragon Age 4 around the time the news officially broke.

Anthem first released in 2019, and despite showing promise in its gameplay, it was universally criticized for lacking content.

[Source: BioWare Blog]

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Published Feb. 25th 2021

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