A new report from Bloomberg has revealed that Bioware and Electronic Arts are getting ready to hold a meeting about Anthem this week. The topic at hand? Whether or not Bioware’s shot at the loot shooter genre is going to get a second chance at life.
According to three sources, EA executives will review the revisions a team of 30 Bioware employees have been working on and make the final decision. Should EA greenlight the Anthem revamp, the staff number would reportedly need to be at least tripled in order to maintain the game. When asked for official comment, an EA representative told Bloomberg it doesn’t comment on “rumor and speculation.”
This does come as a bit of a surprise, as Bioware announced plans for an Anthem overhaul about a year ago, which was several months after reports of the studio’s inner workings were made public. One might have thought the next iteration of Anthem would’ve been greenlit at the time, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. This reported meeting will determine the game’s fate.
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It seems like Bioware is banking on a comeback story for Anthem. The game wasn’t well received at launch, and has been pretty much a non-factor in the genre since the studio went silent as it began work on the update. Games like Final Fantasy XIV and No Man’s Sky are often discussed in these conversations, but I worry for Anthem, as it’s been out of the public eye for so long that it might not have the cache for people to want to try it again, regardless of how good the new game is. And perhaps I’m still bitter about Bioware trying to salvage Anthem after it dropped post-launch support for Mass Effect: Andromeda.
It’s hard to not feel like the future of Anthem will determine the direction of the studio in the future, so hopefully we get definitive word in the coming days.
Beyond the Anthem reboot, Bioware is working on a fourth Dragon Age game, a fifth Mass Effect game, and the Mass Effect: Legendary Edition remasters. While the new games are likely years away, the Legendary Edition will launch on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on May 14.