"Over the past year, the team has worked hard to improve stability, performance and general quality of life while delivering three seasons of new content and features", he wrote, "We have also heard your feedback that Anthem needs a more satisfying loot experience, better long-term progression and a more fulfilling end game".
It has been a painful period watching things unfold the way they did for both BioWare and Anthem, but hopefully, that BioWare magic kicks in and we get ourselves yet another redemption story like No Man's Sky. With the poorly received looter shooter's first anniversary happening later this month, the developer has broken its silence on what it wants to accomplish with ANTHEM moving forwards. If BioWare really can "reinvent" ANTHEM and transform it into a much better game, then we're all for it.
Meanwhile, this means that BioWare will be basically running Anthem in its current state until it is ready to launch the redesign.
BioWare is planning something huge for Anthem. Although many praised the core flight mechanic of the game, Anthem was unable to provide a satisfying games-as-service experience, and instead issuing several post-launch fixes and updates. That redesign will have the specific goal of reinventing the core gameplay with clear goals, motivating challenges, and progression with meaningful rewards. A few months ago, it was reported by Kotaku that Anthem was about to receive a massive overhaul and it was confirmed yesterday that this change is coming soon.
As it stands, BioWare will continue to support the current version of Anthem, though it's ditching full seasons in favor of smaller, as-needed updates.
This will be achieved by "giving a focused team the time to test and iterate, focusing on gameplay first". Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also adds Xbox Live Gold to the package, so you can play online with your friends. BioWare still plans to run events, store refreshes, and revisit seasonal and cataclysm content, but don't expect any big new seasonal updates like Icetide while the studio hunkers down and focuses on a "substantial reinvention". We will keep you informed as soon as we know more. Sadly, we're leaning towards the latter at this point, especially as Anthem can be had for around $5 in most places, and so to make this update worth its while, EA would have to find some other way to effetively monetize the game. Will it release as a whole new game?