After eight years at Bioware, Ben Irving has announced that he will leave the studio and join another gaming company. Irving did not offer an explanation for the decision. His last project was Anthem, where he worked as Lead Producer.
Anthem Lead Producer Ben Irving has officially announced via his Twitter profile that he will be leaving Bioware after more than eight years with the studio. Irving confirmed that he accepted an exciting opportunity at another company, but did not say where exactly is he going.
"After 8 amazing years at BioWare, I have made the decision to move on and have accepted an exciting opportunity at another gaming company," Irving announced.
He also did not offer any explanation as to why he made the decision. However, Irving said that he feels that Anthem is in good hands with Jesse Anderson and Andrew Johnson, EA's and Anthem's Global Community Leads, respectively.
Irving started working for Bioware in 2011 and has been the Lead Producer on many titles including Star Wars: The Old Republic and every expansion from 2013's Rise of the Hutt Cartel to 2015's Knights of the Eternal Throne.
Irving's job on Anthem was primarily focused on the game's combat, enemies, gameplay, progression and UI. To be fair, he and the team did a solid job when it comes to combat, but not so good for progression and especially UI.
On his Twitter profile, Irving wrote a goodbye letter, thanking Bioware and everyone who gave him the chance to work on some iconic games. Irving believes that Anthem will still reach the light at the end of the tunnel, despite its poor launch.
"I will forever be grateful to all the people who gave me the chance to work on great products with amazing people. I believe Anthem has a bright future - there is a great team working on it and I look forward to following its progress (and playing it!) from the sidelines," Irving wrote.
It remains to be seen how Irving's departure will affect the future of Anthem and whether we see some changes to roadmaps and the game itself.