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EA deciding whether to fix Anthem this week

EA deciding whether to fix Anthem this week

US publishing giant Electronic Arts is reportedly deciding whether it will continue with its work to fix Anthem this week.

That's according to Bloomberg, which says that execs will be reviewing the current version of this updated version of its sci-fi RPG, dubbed Anthem Next. This is apparently being developed by around 30 members of staff, with employees saying that this would need to triple in order to continue to overhaul Anthem. It remains to be seen whether EA wants to pump in that kind of cash to help give the game a new lease on life. 

EA said it doesn't comment on "rumour and speculation."

Following rumours in November 2019, developer BioWare confirmed that it was reworking Anthem the following February, saying later that year that it was prototyping ways to try and improve the game. This followed Anthem's rocky launch in February 2019 and also came in the wake of a rather chaotic and troubled development, too.

EA had forecast that the game would sell six million copies between its launch in February and March 2019, but the title failed to hit this benchmark.

The publisher's CEO Andrew Wilson also told investors last week that he isn't concerned about some of the high-profile departures from its BioWare studio. This included general manager, Casey Hudson, as well as executive producer Mark Darrah, who announced they were leaving in December 2020, while Anthem lead producer Ben Irving and live services producer Chad Robertson revealed they were leaving in 2019. Studio vet Mike Laidlaw also departed BioWare in 2020.


PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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