One of the leads on BioWare's persistent sci-fi loot-shooter is moving on to another company. Anthem lead producer Ben Irving announced today that he'd be departing the studio after eight years there, and is headed to a new opportunity at another company.
In a Twitter thread Irving thanked his coworkers and the Anthem community. "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 writes.
Irving has yet to announce where he'll be headed, though he says the Anthem community will be in good hands with community leads Jesse Anderson and Andrew Johnson.
Anthem has been shaky since even before launch, with both technical issues and a lack of content dulling many fans' enthusiasm for the living world. The recently launched Cataclysm update is set to be Anthem's turning point, one way or the other, and currently opinions on the event seem mixed.
One Reddit user says Cataclysm is better than they anticipated, but loot still feels like a problem and that Anthem could use some more quality-of-life adjustments still. Whether it's enough to right the ship or not, Anthem is in a strange in-between. It's not all too dissimilar from what the original Destiny went through, though seeing Electronic Arts and BioWare repeat the same mistakes five years later doesn't inspire confidence.
EA's Andrew Wilson reaffirmed the publisher's long-term commitment to Anthem in a recent interview, so we'll see how that pans out for BioWare in the meantime. Whether Cataclysm can gradually turn folks around on it or a greater revision of the core of Anthem is needed, it seems like BioWare is in for the long haul.