ANTHEM ain't dead yet, according to a new development update from BioWare. With the poorly received looter shooter's first anniversary happening later this month, the developer has broken its silence on what it wants to accomplish with ANTHEM moving forwards.
General Manager Casey Hudson writes: "[ANTHEM] 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."
In other words, BioWare will attempt to reshape the game -- at least to some extent. It sounds like pretty significant changes are coming.
Hudson continues: "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."
While we doubt that ANTHEM will undergo a complete and total overhaul, this is perhaps the most promising update we've had since the title launched 12 months ago. If BioWare really can "reinvent" ANTHEM and transform it into a much better game, then we're all for it. Hopefully we'll learn more about the title's future soon.
Until that time comes, Hudson says that the team will continue to keep ANTHEM ticking along in its current form, although it sounds like most of the studio's attention is now turned towards the aforementioned redesign, as you'd expect.
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