It was just January, how is it Halloween already?
That’s right folks, one of our favorite gaming train wrecks from last year is back in the news. BioWare has announced another update to the game that is abandoning the previously implemented seasonal content promise. GM of BioWare, Casey Hudson, announced on BioWare’s blog that they will be ending the seasonal content updates to focus on Anthem‘s future.
Hudson has stated “we will continue to run the current version of Anthem, but move away from full seasons as the team works towards the future of Anthem.”
If you are wondering what that means for now, Hudson followed up by stating “We’ll keep the game going with events, store refreshes, and revisiting past seasonal and cataclysm content – starting with our anniversary towards the end of the month.”
So that’s the state of the game for now, but moving forward Hudson touched on what the overall plan for Anthem is, and it has people drawing some parallels to other titles. He stated:
“We have also heard your feedback that Anthem needs a more satisfying loot experience, better long-term progression and a more fulfilling end game. So we recognize that there’s still more fundamental work to be done to bring out the full potential of the experience, and it will require a more substantial reinvention than an update or expansion. Over the coming months we will be focusing on a longer-term redesign of the experience, specifically working to reinvent the core gameplay loop with clear goals, motivating challenges and progression with meaningful rewards – while preserving the fun of flying and fighting in a vast science-fantasy setting. And to do that properly we’ll be doing something we’d like to have done more of the first time around – giving a focused team the time to test and iterate, focusing on gameplay first.”Found here: https://blog.bioware.com/2020/02/10/anthem-update-february-10/
If this at all sounds familiar, it should. This sounds like what ended up happening to Final Fantasy XIV a long time ago. A complete reworking of the game intended to create an overall better product while also maintaining the identity of the game. Another lesser example would be No Man’s Sky with its NEXT expansion. The game had already implemented a number of updates to that point but it wasn’t until NEXT that the game received a completely visible rework of the game with altered biomes, a new periodic table, and even the ability to finally see your own character.
I personally don’t see Anthem becoming another Final Fantasy XIV or No Man’s Sky. It’ll be a very long road for the devs at BioWare that we most likely won’t see the results of this year or maybe even the next. But hey, if they do end up fixing Anthem then maybe I’ll give it a try. Stranger things have happened.