Anthem lead producer Ben Irving has revealed that he is leaving developer BioWare.
Revealing his departure on Twitter, he said: “After 8 amazing years at BioWare I have made the decision to move on and have accepted an exciting opportunity at another gaming company. Since the first time I played Baldurs Gate many many years ago, BioWare was the dream place I always wanted to work,” before continuing: “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.”
The ambitious open-world shooter, legendary developer BioWare’s first foray into games-as-a-service, sold reasonably well despite enduring the rockiest of launches in which it suffered a delay, then experienced technical issues during its pre-launch VIP demo. When it did launch, it was critically panned, and Kotaku ran an article in which anonymous BioWare and EA employees detailed a development process resembling a car-crash.
However, since Anthem’s 22 February 2019 release, BioWare has quietly but effectively chipped away at resolving its issues and adding features via updates, most recently introducing the game’s first Cataclysm event in an August 6 update.
It remains to be seen whether Irving’s departure will affect BioWare’s ongoing program of improvements to BioWare. To keep up with the latest Anthem news, keep an eye on the game’s website.