Anthem's Lead Producer Departs From BioWare to a New Company
These past couple of years have seen plenty of position shifting at various big name companies. BioWare, the developers behind games like Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and Anthem are no strangers to it either. Sadly, yesterday brought news of another departure, this time from a key member of the team behind Anthem. Revealed via his official Twitter account, Anthem's Lead Producer Ben Irving announced that he's leaving BioWare. According to him, it's due to an opportunity presented to him by a different developer. But as of yet, we don't know which developer he could mean. Considering his experience in his time at BioWare, they'll be getting a good new addition to the team.
"After 8 amazing years at BioWare I have made the decision to move on and have accepted an exciting opportunity at another gaming company," the tweet reads. "Since the first time I played Baldurs Gate many many years ago, BioWare was the dream place I always wanted to work. 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 worked out of BioWare's Austin, Texas branch, whereas the company as a whole is based in Canada. The Austin branch is responsible for working on BioWare's more live-service'y games, ones that are meant to thrive with an online community for a long time. This includes games like Star Wars: The Old Republic, and of course, Anthem.
In the case of the latter, news hasn't been all too good lately. Anthem released in late February this past year to a chilly reception, with many criticizing it for its lackluster online experience and repetitive grinding elements. It didn't meet BioWare's sales expectations, but they've been working on expanding it and patching it since the early days. Most notably, the game's long-awaited Cataclysm Event went live just the other week. The event brings a big endgame mission into the story, along with a variety of new online features and challenges. While the event is supposed to run for eight weeks, its unknown how it will perform. It was supposed to release back in May before quietly being delayed up to now. The hope, of course, is that this update means brighter things for Anthem going forward."I have really enjoyed interacting with the Anthem community - Streams, Twitter and Reddit," Irving's tweet concludes. "Through the good times and the tough times. I wish nothing but the best for all of you."
Anthem is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC. With the release of the Cataclysm Event, now's the perfect time to jump in and give the game a shot for yourself if you're curious what it's all about. Following its release, BioWare has doubled down on the development of a much-anticipated RPG project: Dragon Age 4. The game has gotten little-to-no info shared about it, outside of a very vague and brief minute-long trailer unveiled during The Game Awards 2018. What we do know is it will prominently feature the character known as 'The Dread Wolf' (who can't be revealed here, due to spoilers). Dragon Age 4 will serve as a direct sequel to 2014's Dragon Age: Inquisition, which is the latest installment in the series, and a game that performed quite well for BioWare. You can check out the fan community's conversation surrounding Irving's departure on Twitter.