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Anthem's Fate To Be Decided This Week, Per Report

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Per a report by Bloomberg's Jason Schreier, Electronic Arts will decide what they plan to do with their multiplayer shooter, Anthem, this week.

To say Anthem has struggled since its launch in 2019 is an understatement. This has caused BioWare and Electronic Arts to reevaluate the multiplayer game, which included the possibility of overhauling the experience. However, according to Schreier, naming three sources familiar with the situation, the decision to move forward with the overhaul could be decided this week. 

Per the report on Bloomberg:

"This week, EA executives will review the latest version of Anthem Next and decide whether to expand the team or abandon the project, said the people, who asked not to be named discussing private information. The Anthem Next team includes about 30 people, BioWare said last year. People familiar with the project said it will need to expand to at least triple that in order to produce new content and continue attempting to overhaul the game. EA has not yet indicated whether it’s willing to commit that kind of budget to revive a maligned game."

Anthem Next was unveiled last year as a plan to see how the team at BioWare could salvage the multiplayer game. While details were scant as to exactly what they were up to and planning, a few different blogposts about the ongoing prototyping of a revamped Anthem were released throughout the year by Executive Producer Christian Dailey. While it was stated that initial work to see how Anthem could be reworked was started, there was no indication given at the time whether this would actually happen, and if so, how long it would take. Based on the report, it seems like the time has come to see if Anthem can be saved. 


Joseph Bradford

Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore