Another writer allegedly leaves BioWare – what on earth is going on with Anthem?

    
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Surfacing at the tail end of last week was the news that multiple former BioWare devs who’d all contributed heavily to Star Wars The Old Republic at one point or another in their careers were moving on to a new studio called FogBank to work on unnamed narrative-centric games. The Fogbank roster includes Daniel Erickson and Alexander Freed, both of whom left BioWare and SWTOR years ago. But it also includes renowned storyteller Drew Karpyshyn, who’d returned to BioWare specifically to work on Anthem, which certainly cast some doubt on the state of that game, which has been delayed at least once (though EA denies it).

On Saturday, Anthem studio boss Casey Hudson address growing player concern on Twitter, suggesting rather ambiguously that Karpyshyn had simply finished his work on the game and was moving on as part of the natural course of development. “Story will always be an important part of every BioWare game,” he wrote. “Drew has wrapped up his work on the project, but Anthem’s Lead Writers and their teams continue to do amazing work developing the world, story, and characters.”

But YouTubers Laymen Gaming have claimed that yet another writer has left the Anthem team. According to their tipster, Lead Studio Writer Hall Hood – i.e., Karpyshyn’s former boss – is also leaving. To be clear, this is still in the rumor stage, as apparently Hall isn’t publicizing it yet (and his Linkedin still lists him working on SWTOR). But that rumor, even unconfirmed, coupled with Karpyshyn’s departure, is already sparking concern about what’s going on with the game. The video speculates on crunch, on EA’s oversight, and additional delays. “It’s the worst-kept secret in the industry that Anthem is really struggling,” they posit.

Source: Laymen Gaming, Reddit. Thanks, Sophiskiai!

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Alli

Dare I keep hold to a tiny seed of hope that Bioware’s just undergoing some calibrations?

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Matt Redding

When I read a statement like this, “Drew has wrapped up his work on the project, but Anthem’s Lead Writers and their teams continue to do amazing work developing the world, story, and characters.”

The way I parse it is: Drew was canned/quite so his work on the project is dunzo. The project needs a lot more done so the regular puppets will continue to crank out some shit as directed by The Committe.

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Woetoo

Oh how I remember the days when people would buy a game just because it developed by Bioware.

Seemingly, there’s a small but growing number of us for whom the reverse is true. Or at the very least, we’re waiting to see if the day 1 issues are fixed, followed by letting the wider community evaluate it before we think if committing to it.

Reputations, the sad fall.

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Robert Mann

What’s going on? I have your answer:

E. A.

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Jack Pipsam

It’s a game pulled in too many directions.
Designers/Artists/Writers want to do one thing, Corporate tells them to do another, there’s a mass media backlash against their business model, Corporate tells them to change what they told them to do in the first place ect.

I’m still not convinced people will care when the game comes out, Destiny 2 is already showing signs of decay. I think The Division 2 will be a real gauge of how much people care about the pseudo-MMO style now folk have really been able to see how… well… bad it kinda is.

The idea is great, but the execution just hasn’t been pulled off well by anyone and I am not sure EA are the ones to do it when they could barely manage their own traditional MMOs.

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yoh_sl

Oh yeah, Bioware is done for.
Thou I’ve accepted this a long time ago, just waiting for the other shoe to drop.
EA are going to cannibalize them like they have so many others. Because that’s what the devil does.

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Dan

What? Another developer leaves a generic EA cash grab? Say it ain’t so. Bioware should be renamed to EA/biohash.

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Kayweg

For me, the day they got into bed with EA, they became Biowere.

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Cindy M

Awww man! I thought Drew going back to Bioware was a great sign. But he’s leaving again makes my worry come back full force. :S Well, Casey is there ……. >.> *cross fingers*

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Weilan

I can’t say I was looking forward to it, the trailer made it look very generic.

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Mr. Bigglesworth

Hopefully they’re all going over to the Cyberpunk team.

From 2 weeks ago:

Former BioWare Dev Talks Interest in Joining Cyberpunk 2077 Team

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Bhima Jenkins

TBH, CD Project Red doesn’t need anyone else to help them craft a story. They just need minions to help them polish the game faster.

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Bannex

They need somebody to tighten the controls on their game. Playing the witcher series is like driving a broken bumper car drunk.

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Bhima Jenkins

Its a bit squishy, but about a million leagues ahead of Skyrim. I find that HZD does single RPG controls the best so far.

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John Mynard

If only they would make them as peppy, responsive and intuitive as Warframe’s are.