Anthem and BioWare lose lead producer Ben Irving

    
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We never claimed to be saints.

Man, it’s not been the best year for Anthem, has it? BioWare’s multiplayer shooter certainly underperformed and seems to be slipping into obscurity the more the months slip past, even if the newer content offerings are pretty good.

However Anthem is going to forge into its future, it’s going to be doing so without the aid of its now-former lead producer. Ben Irving announced on Twitter this Wednesday that it is time for him to move on from BioWare to another game studio – something he’s done before, MMO players will recall, as he was once lead producer on SWTOR.

“After 8 amazing years at BioWare I have made the decision to move on and have accepted an exciting opportunity at another gaming company,” Irving said. “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.”

There were predictably salty and non-salty reactions to his departure, as some of the community has blamed Irving for much of the game’s woes.

Source: Twitter. Thanks Kenneth!

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Tee Parsley

Probably a good thing.

Personally, I just picked up Anthem cheap last month, and am having a blast playing it. But there wasn’t an overhyped expectation for me either. And there was time for bug fixes and now a new expansion rollout.

Best power armor suit implementation I’ve seen.

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Crowe

I agree that Irving moving on is a good thing for Anthem. That said, the last time I logged in it was barren so I uninstalled it this morning actually.

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Darthbawl

If this is what it takes to help pull this game up out of the [seemingly] unrecoverable nose dive it is currently in, so be it and good for everyone. But the game is in such a nose dive it’s going to take some seriously pulling back on the stick to level it off.

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April-Rain

Good news for Anthem, bad news for the next game he gets his hands on.

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angrakhan

I have to agree with the other folks in this thread that this is a good thing for Anthem, and gives me a glimmer of hope that it can pull out of its nose dive and become a solid game. I recently returned to the game to check out Cataclysm, and was pleasantly surprised to find it was really fun. Now the game just needs another 4-5 end game activities of this quality and for them to fix the crappy loot issues. Also I’d buy an extra copy of the game if they would implement a mass deconstruct option in the debrief loot screen.

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Jim Bergevin Jr

Considering Ben “RNG is exciting” Irving oversaw the much maligned 4.0 and 5.0 in SWTOR, and the mess that was Anthem from the last year or so, this is not shocking in the slightest.

At least he’s right about one thing. Anthem does indeed have a bright future ahead of it … now.

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wlados22

Anthem is still fun. Community is great. Game is not dying. Some ill immature toxic players are now gone and moved to be toxic on another game titles. Lets move on.

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rosieposie

This should definitely be filed under Good News. The subtraction of Ben Irving can only lead to an improvement. As a SWTOR founder and veteran, I have some rather harsh thoughts about this guy’s contributions to that particular game. And his fingerprints were unfortunately all over some of Anthem’s worst game systems.

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Tuor of Gondolin

Irving, just go away.

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Danny Smith

Isn’t this the guy the made a trashfire of swtors loot system way back when?

PlasmaJohn
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PlasmaJohn

He didn’t design it, just tried to sell it.

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Danny Smith

Ah, the hustler.

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Daniel Miller

Bioware is just a trash company. Fine in the 80s 90s it had good games. But that crew is gone. The culture is gone.

Mass affect A showed us what 2015+ bioware was like and it wasn’t pretty. Let this pub go bankrupt or up for sale.

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quark1020

They’re part of EA. They’ll get closed down, like the rest of them…