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Anthem overhaul and new Mass Effect are in early development

Published: 14:59, 16 November 2019
Anthem's forge and Javelin showcase
Anthem's forge and Javelin showcase
Anthem - Power Armour Badass #71 Subset C

BioWare are trying to claw their way out of the ditch following two failures that were Mass Effect Andromeda and Anthem. Now it appears the studio is trying to get back in good graces through exactly those two franchises.

Anthem's failure was followed by several high profile members leaving the studio, such as the producer Ben Irving, delayed Cataclysm that was supposed to save the game and then radio silence after Chad Robertson's announcement that the developers were focusing on long term fixes rather than pushing new content.

Such a timeline of events could sound all gloomy and doomy but it appears that BioWare are not actually giving up on Anthem. In fact, they are working on plans to revitalise the game, according to Kotaku's inside sources . There are many ways the revitalisation process could go from this point on as it's still in the planning phase.

This means it could be a revival akin to No Man's Sky or some sort of chapter two that will take the form of The Taken King expansion for the original Destiny. Among the speculation, there are mentions of even Anthem 2 which would not be fully priced for Anthem owners. Jason Schrier's report does not have conclusive information on Anthem's future since Bioware themselves have not settled for one just yet.

Furthermore, while other EA studios are helping BioWare with these endeavours, it's not the entirety of the studio itself that's working on resuscitating Anthem. There the upcoming Dragon Age: The Dread Wolf Rises team and then there are those working on the next Mass Effect game.

GIF showing an animation glitch in Mass Effect: Andromeda GIF showing an animation glitch in Mass Effect: Andromeda Let's hope the next Mass Effect is better than this

Andromeda will not be the last entry in the series, for better or worse, but the game is years away since it's only in early development at the moment. BioWare Edmonton folks are in charge, with Mike Gamble at the helm. He was the producer on both Andromeda and Anthem so make of that what you will.

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