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Anthem and by relation, Anthem NEXT, is officially dead. This decision came after EA execs weighed their options for the game earlier this month. The official word on the game's cancellation came moments ago in a new write-up from BioWare's Christian Dailey. This means there is no hope for improvements coming to Anthem and all of the work that has gone into Anthem NEXT is now wasted development time.

Anthem NEXT began kicking into full development in late 2019. Obviously, the challenges of COVID-19 development meant that progress was slower than normal.

During the development we’ve provided updates revealing some of the team’s work through blog posts and conversations with you on social media and it’s been inspiring for us to see the positive reactions and feedback. I’ve been incredibly proud of the work the team has been doing, and excited to see and play each new build of the experience.

2020 was a year unlike any other however and while we continue to make progress against all our game projects at BioWare, working from home during the pandemic has had an impact on our productivity and not everything we had planned as a studio before COVID-19 can be accomplished without putting undue stress on our teams.
BioWare says that the studio will now have a "laser focus" on their efforts as a developer and strengthen the next Dragon Age and Mass Effect titles. The studio will also be continuing with updates to Star Wars: The Old Republic.