BioWare has officially ended work on its major 'Anthem' overhaul.

'Anthem'

'Anthem'

The studio has confirmed plans to focus its effort on upcoming 'Mass Effect' and 'Dragon Age' titles a year after announcing 'Anthem 2.0' - also known as 'Anthem Next' - with the goal of improving the title through "a more substantial reinvention".

Over the past 12 months, a team of around 30 staff at BioWare Austin - which also the studio behind 'Star Wars: The Republic' - has worked on the overhaul project.

On the BioWare blog, 'Anthem' executive producer Christian Dailey wrote: "In the spirit of transparency and closure we wanted to share that we’ve made the difficult decision to stop our new development work on 'Anthem' (aka 'Anthem NEXT').

"We will, however, continue to keep the Anthem live service running as it exists today."

Dailey suggested the impact of the coronavirus pandemic has been significant, and the decision has been made to avoid "putting undue stress" on developers working from home.

He continued: "I know this will be disappointing to the community of Anthem players who have been excited to see the improvements we’ve been working on.

"It’s also disappointing for the team who were doing brilliant work.

"And for me personally, 'Anthem' is what brought me to BioWare, and the last two years have been some of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my career.

"Game development is hard. Decisions like these are not easy.

"Moving forward, we need to laser focus our efforts as a studio and strengthen the next 'Dragon Age', and 'Mass Effect' titles while continuing to provide quality updates to 'Star Wars: The Old Republic.' "The studio has confirmed plans to focus its effort on upcoming 'Mass Effect' and 'Dragon Age' titles a year after announcing 'Anthem 2.0' - also known as 'Anthem Next' - with the goal of improving the title through "a more substantial reinvention".

Over the past 12 months, a team of around 30 staff at BioWare Austin - which also the studio behind 'Star Wars: The Republic' - has worked on the overhaul project.

On the BioWare blog, 'Anthem' executive producer Christian Dailey wrote: "In the spirit of transparency and closure we wanted to share that we’ve made the difficult decision to stop our new development work on 'Anthem' (aka 'Anthem NEXT').

"We will, however, continue to keep the Anthem live service running as it exists today."

Dailey suggested the impact of the coronavirus pandemic has been significant, and the decision has been made to avoid "putting undue stress" on developers working from home.

He continued: "I know this will be disappointing to the community of Anthem players who have been excited to see the improvements we’ve been working on.

"It’s also disappointing for the team who were doing brilliant work.

"And for me personally, 'Anthem' is what brought me to BioWare, and the last two years have been some of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my career.

"Game development is hard. Decisions like these are not easy.

"Moving forward, we need to laser focus our efforts as a studio and strengthen the next 'Dragon Age', and 'Mass Effect' titles while continuing to provide quality updates to 'Star Wars: The Old Republic.' "