This is it, my friends. Anthem is no more according to a recent BioWare Blog update. The Wednesday post from Christian Dailey stated that the development team will continue to keep Anthem's service running, but will not work on new content for the game. Instead, BioWare will focus on the development of Dragon Age and Mass Effect, among other properties.
"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 (aka Anthem NEXT)," BioWare Executive Producer Christian Dailey stated in the announcement post. "We will, however, continue to keep the Anthem live service running as it exists today."
The news of its shutdown comes amid mention of stress placed upon BioWare in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the post. The pandemic understandably impacted the productivity of the team and delivery expectations as a whole.
"I know this will be disappointing to the community of Anthem players who have been excited to see the improvements we’ve been working on," Dailey said. "It’s also disappointing for the team who were doing brilliant work. And for me personally, Anthem is what brought me to BioWare, and the last two years have been some of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my career."
Dailey concluded the post with a renewed focus on the development of other BioWare properties as well as a series of thank you's to the Anthem community.
"Game development is hard," Dailey continued. " 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."
In light of its gratitude to the community and its renewed focus on other offerings, BioWare asked its Anthem community to "please stay safe and be kind to each other."
"Strong alone, stronger together," Dailey signed off the final Anthem development post.