BioWare’s Casey Hudson discusses Anthem development progress

    
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Not Destiny.

In BioWare’s newly published November update, General Manager Casey Hudson takes a look at what’s going on behind the scenes at the studio as the end of the year approaches. Yes, there are new (and unspecified) things going on with the Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises, but right now, the primary focus is on the studio’s upcoming multiplayer shooter Anthem, which passed its alpha milestone back in September. “Now that we’re past our Alpha milestone,” Hudson writes, “we’re at the part of the project where we’re doing final tasks and changes, and doing a ton of testing and bug-fixing.”

As part of this final stage of tweaking and polishing, the devs have recently gained access to Anthem’s play-from-home build:

It’s a tradition at BioWare. Late in a project, when the game is good enough and finished enough to really enjoy it as a complete experience, we enable it to be played at home by our developers. It’s an incredibly important step, because it allows us to get out of the mindset of being at the office, and just be at home experiencing the game like a player instead of a developer. Everything that prevents you from loving the game becomes a task or a bug, so we know that when we finish that work, we’ll have something really special.

Of course, there’s still plenty of work to be done before Anthem’s February release, and the devs already have teams “working on entire seasons of post-launch content.” Hudson writes, “It’s scary and exciting to work on something on this scale and complexity, but we’re doing everything we can to make sure it’s an amazing experience for you.” We guess we’ll see if all that hard work has paid off when Anthem goes live next year.

In addition, Dark Horse Comics has announced that it will be publishing a limited-edition art book, The Art of Anthem, shortly after the game’s February 22nd release date. The book will be available for $39.99 US, with a special limited edition version also available for $79.99. If you’re a sucker for art books like many of us, you can check out a preview of The Art of Anthem over at Comicbook.com.

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rosieposie

I just don’t see this ending well for Bioware. They’re four years late to the party with this title, and competing against a very high standard and expectations. Also, despite what their mouthpieces are saying, I will never believe that this is a game that BW wanted to make. It doesn’t seem to have the soul of a BW game.

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Solaris

Alpha invites went out yesterday.

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Akagi

Funny how the people already don’t care about the game before it’s even released. xD

It looks really mediocre, boring and IDK if it has open world or not, but if it does it feels like it will be a very plastic and fake one. Shiny graphics don’t make a good game.

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IronSalamander8 .

The graphics are excellent for sure, but it still comes off like a Destiny clone with a little RPG bolted on, cause Bioware.

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Danny Smith

Its almost like they think they are sitting on a wealth of good will and their brand name means something significant still. Like they think theres a huge upswell of hype for a destiny clone a console gen late by the studio behind such hits as andromeda, da2 and me3.

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Skai R

I mean from what I’ve seen the game looks promising, BUT it is an EA title. I’m going to wait until reviews start to pour out and go from there.

I have to say I do like that it’s a 3rd person action unlike Destiny’s 2 FPS.

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Godnaz

With everyone else on this. EA cannot be trusted. BioWare needs to assure the game can carry itself in sales (which means it has to be good) without major microtransactions holding it up. With EA as it’s publisher, this simply won’t happen from where we sit right now. Anthem is getting a lot of resources and is being counted on to boost EA’s market share back toward favorable numbers. It will sell well regardless. Will it be a game people play a year, two years after launch though?

Side note: BioWare should delay the release if they feel it isn’t ready yet 3 months from now, EA be damned.

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rafael12104

Heh. EA needs to make sure the Battlefield V debacle remains in stealth mode as a AAA release. So, out comes Casey and an update on Anthem.

Too much cynicism? Meh, what would you expect given our current state of affairs as gamers.

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Sana Tan

I crowdfunded this game by subscribing to SWTOR. Unwillingly, that is.

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Randy Savage

Fooled me once…………