Anthem, which was released earlier this year, was met with a mixed reception due to several technical issues and a shallow gameplay loop.
Changes could arrive through a series of updates or in the form of a brand-new game, although existing Anthem players would reportedly be unlikely to have to pay full price for it if this was the case. The project is being referred to by some as "Anthem 2.0" or "Anthem Next", according to Kotaku's sources.
Times have been hard for the game after a series of high profile staff departures and development delays and the need for an overhaul was acknowledged as far back as September when BioWare's head of Live Services acknowledged fan concerns over issues in the game and said the team was doing a "thorough review" rather than plumping for quick fixes. They're still figuring out whether updates should be released all at once or over an extended period of time. Having said that, inspite of persistent speculation that BioWare and publisher EA might quietly abandon the activity, the developer is reportedly now seeking to massively overhaul the expertise ready for a upcoming reboot. For the last few months, BioWare and parent company EA have been planning an overhaul of the online shooter, according to three people familiar with those plans. Piscatella explains that there are plans for the update to "overhaul the loot, the quests, the social aspects of the game, the difficulty, the progression system, and the world map". But it's very clear that a change is needed in how Anthem works. Our source says it's "unusual" for them to support BioWare since, like EA DICE and Respawn, BioWare has a dedicated art team.
The game is being directed by Mike Gamble, Kotaku reports.
And indeed, it's something of a shame too - not least because the base concept of Anthem (it's basically Iron Man meets Destiny with BioWare lore and world building), is an enticing one that could become very compelling if executed properly. He was the producer on both Andromeda and Anthem so make of that what you will.