Anthem 2.0 plans off the shelf, due to COVID-19

Anthem 2.0 – the planned polished-up version of BioWare’s plagued looter-shooter – isn’t going to happen anymore. According to BioWare Austin studio head Christian Dailey, COVID-19 threw the studio a major curveball. Due to the raging pandemic – which has affected projects and developments all across the board – the team just doesn’t have the resources to complete the task.

Now, before we start crying… hol’ up. There’s no need to photoshop “R.I.P. Anthem” eulogies just yet. The servers for Anthem aren’t going anywhere, so the game will still be playable in its current state. There’s no word on the longevity of the servers though. Chances are that publisher EA might have different plans in the (near) future since they recently put the thumbscrews on Anthem’s future by “reviewing the progress made”. If you ask me, that doesn’t sound like EA’s too eager to keep pumping funds into this game.

Anyway, if you’re still enjoying Anthem in its current state, you’re good for now. Just don’t expect any significant changes anymore. BioWare is way too busy working on other projects, such as Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and even Star Wars: The Old Republic, according to Dailey.

“Game development is hard. Decisions like these are not easy. Moving forward, we need to laser focus our efforts as a studio and strengthen the next Dragon Age, and Mass Effect titles while continuing to provide quality updates to Star Wars: The Old Republic.”