Anthem appears to have lost several prominent upper staff members

    
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When Anthem players wanted some more news, what they probably wanted was good news, not hearing that several bits of senior leadership were no longer working on the game. Lead producer Michael Gamble, executive producer Mark Darrah, and director Jonathan Warner have all been confirmed on Twitter to no longer be working on the title, prompting a fresh wave of… well, it’s not exactly panic, but inevitable disappointment on Reddit.

Gamble’s tweet confirming all of this points to existing staff still on the project, so this certainly isn’t an actual death knell for the game yet. But it’s not a heartening sign and speaks to a decided lack of confidence in the game turning around for players. In short? This is more news, but it’s bad news all along the board.

Source: Twitter via Reddit
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Michael18

Why would you acquire a studio that made some of the most memorable cRPGs in the history of computer gaming and then let them clone a loot shooter?

I just don’t get it, even if looking at it from a pure business perspective.

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Peregrine Falcon

Anthem looks like it would have been a great game if they’d have been given another year before launch. EA literally ruined the game and any chance it had to be a great popular money-maker simply because they forced BioFail to launch it a year early.

In the words of Lt. Moran; “How do you spell in-comp-e-tent?”

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G0dl355

The environment working for Dragon Age 4 must suck. Long days + extra demands because of how poorly Anthem did the pressure must be unbearable.

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Nathan Aldana

Its almost like they need to unionize and stick it to executives.

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Louie

It’s absolutely painful how obvious it is that Anthem was a game that BioWare was forced to make. It plays completely against their strengths as a developer all for the sake EA’s holy dollar.

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jimthomasUS

All that exists of Bioware is the memory of a studio that made some of my favorite games, many years ago.

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Arktouros

Probably all hands on deck for Dragon Age 4 at this point. If that game fails wouldn’t be surprised if EA pulls Bioware behind the shed and puts it out of everyone’s misery.

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rosieposie

Are you so out of touch? This was always the plan. They were going to pass everything over to Austin to support this game post launch. It’s not like Darrah and other Edmonton high-ups were going to move to Austin themselves.

But now, Ben Irving is in charge. Be afraid. Be very, VERY afraid.

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Koshelkin

I’d got my money’s worth out of the game but would still love to see a substantial content update for it. No Man’s Sky showed how a game can be turned around and improve it’s public image, I don’t see why Anthem wouldn’t be able to do that, given that the devs want that and can work on it with dedication. Either way, it’s not really important how it turns out in the end, I think it’s more important the devs can work in a good environment and with passion, even if it’s a new project.

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K38FishTacos

I hope you’re right, but the working environments of indy Hello Games and corporate EA-Bioware are so different that given what we know about them, I can’t imagine any “passion” going into the work on Anthem. If people are burnt-out and demoralized, it’s hard to pull off such a change. But I hope they can do it.

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Danny Smith

Probably worse news for DA4 than Anthem really.

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K38FishTacos

Which is hard to imagine, though yes, it could be true.

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bobfish

This is good news, it means BioWare Austin is now in charge of Anthem.