Electronic Arts have decided to put the development of Anthem NEXT out of its misery. The announcement was made by BioWare's Christian Dailey in an official post on the studio's website this Wednesday, February 24.
Announced in February 2021, Anthem NEXT was to be a reworked version of the original Anthem - a much-hyped and highly anticipated action RPG released by EA in February 2019. However, it declined quickly and is considered a massive failure - both in terms of critical reviews, sales and otherwise.
Despite pledging to reinvent the game in a way more consistent with the original vision of the project, BioWare says it ran into problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic throughout the process.
2020 was a year unlike any other however and while we continue to make progress against all our game projects at BioWare, working from home during the pandemic has had an impact on our productivity and not everything we had planned as a studio before COVID-19 can be accomplished without putting undue stress on our teams.
Dailey apologized to Anthem fans and assured them that BioWare is still working on new versions of Mass Effect and Dragon Age, as well as new updates for the online role-playing game Star Wars: The Old Republic.