It’s been almost a 12 months for the reason that launch of Anthem, BioWare’s looter shooter, which struggled to search out an viewers at launch. Forward of the sport’s first anniversary, BioWare revealed a brand new weblog put up outlining plans for the sport’s future, which is able to embrace a full, long-term overhaul.
BioWare basic supervisor Casey Hudson defined that the sport gained’t solely obtain commonplace updates, but additionally basic expertise modifications.
“Now we have additionally heard your suggestions that Anthem wants a extra satisfying loot expertise, higher long-term development and a extra fulfilling finish sport,” Hudson mentioned within the weblog put up. “So we acknowledge that there’s nonetheless extra basic work to be completed to carry out the total potential of the expertise, and it’ll require a extra substantial reinvention than an replace or growth.”
Hudson describes the updates as a “longer-term redesign of the expertise,” which is able to deal with retooling the sport’s development system, including new challenges, and adjusting the principle loops. A centered staff will dedicate their time to testing and iterating on the brand new gameplay modifications, which Hudson says was not completed sufficient within the sport’s authentic growth cycle.
Whereas the weblog put up stresses that it is a massive mission that can happen over the subsequent a number of months, Hudson additionally assures gamers that Anthem will obtain common updates within the meantime. These will transfer away from the sport’s present season construction and can as a substitute deal with including occasions, refreshing the shop, and revisiting previous content material.
BioWare has had a tough time retaining gamers in Anthem’s first 12 months. The sport obtained a disappointing vital reception and failed to satisfy writer EA’s business expectations. It barely made an look at E3 this 12 months, leaving followers to surprise how a lot effort would go into the sport transferring ahead. That query lingered when Anthem gamers seen that BioWare nonetheless hadn’t taken down its in-game Christmas decorations as of final week.
Late final 12 months, rumors swirled of a whole Anthem overhaul involving substantial modifications to the sport’s world and loot. A complete reinvention would put the sport in step with Fallout 76 and No Man’s Sky, two service-style video games that noticed main refreshes since their launches.