Anthem screenshot of the four character types

[Update]: BioWare has now officially stopped all development on Anthem.

While Anthem had a ton of potential, as well as some great-looking visuals working in its favor, the actual gameplay experience ended up being a bit of a disappointment. BioWare immediately pledged that they would work on fixing things, but despite releasing update after update, things never really improved in a truly significant way. Eventually the updates slowed down, BioWare's communication fizzled out, and Anthem as a whole seemed to be put on hold.

Usually that would be the end of the story, but I'm happy to say that there is still some hope for Anthem as BioWare has now suddenly come out to announce that they are still working on the project. Better yet, they are trying to reinvent the core gameplay systems in order to transform Anthem into a more fun and free-flowing experience.

"Over the coming months we will be focusing on a longer-term redesign of the experience, specifically working to reinvent the core gameplay loop with clear goals, motivating challenges and progression with meaningful rewards – while preserving the fun of flying and fighting in a vast science-fantasy setting," reads the developer update. "And to do that properly we’ll be doing something we’d like to have done more of the first time around – giving a focused team the time to test and iterate, focusing on gameplay first."

"In the meantime, we will continue to run the current version of Anthem, but move away from full seasons as the team works towards the future of Anthem. We’ll keep the game going with events, store refreshes, and revisiting past seasonal and cataclysm content – starting with our anniversary towards the end of the month."

Whether BioWare will succeed or not, only time will tell, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't glad to at least see them try. It was quite depressing to watch Mass Effect: Andromeda get abandoned before all of its storylines were even wrapped up, so having BioWare actually give Anthem a second chance really is quite nice to see. Who knows, maybe they'll even manage to rework it to the point where it can actually be a serious competitor to Bungie's Destiny 2.

Once more information becomes available I'll make sure to let you know, but until then you can read the full developer update over at the BioWare website.