For some time now, we know that BioWare has been working hard on a overhaul of for last year’s release of Anthem. However, there hasn't been much update to what's going on with the progress at BioWare in quite some time. That is until recently when BioWare decided to finally give us a glimpse of what they have been working on.
BioWare’s website posted a new blog post with the Studio Director for the BioWare Austi and Christian Dailey. They gave an update on the current development of Anthem. Dailey’s post mostly discussed how the studio has been affected by new working conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As with many other developers around the world, Dailey says that he has been working from home on Anthem to help combat the spread of the virus.
As for Anthem specifically, Dailey says that the next phase of the game is still in an experimental phase. BioWare is trying out many new ideas that could then be implemented.
“The Anthem incubation team has kicked off and we are starting to validate our design hypotheses. Incubation is a term we use internally – it essentially means we are going back and experimenting/prototyping to improve on the areas where we believe we fell short and to leverage everything that you love currently about Anthem,” Dailey explained. “And yes, the team is small but the whole point of this is to take our time and go back to the drawing board. And a small team gives us the agility a larger one can’t afford.”
Communication is the key Dailey stressed, he also said that the current work that has been made on the game is quite exciting. “I am not here to over hype anything, but we do believe the changes we are making are the right ones and we hope you think so as well…but you might not and that is cool too,” Dailey said. “It is the constructive criticism and feedback we need – in either direction.”“We really want this experience to be different for the team and our players, but we know we have some tough challenges to tackle. We want to include you as we go and be open and honest with where we are at and what the expectations are with where we are going,” Dailey said of the current progress on Anthem. “e really want to provide you all the transparency we can because of your passion and interest in Anthem. But, with that comes seeing how the sausage is made – which is not always pretty by the way.”
There is no information as for when the next major update on Anthem would be given, but it doesn’t sound like it should take as long to hear more info. When BioWare does end up showing off more of what Anthem has slated to see arrive in the future, it lines up with what fans have been hoping to see from the title.
Anthem is still available to pick up right now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.