Checkpoint: BioWare's General Manager on Anthem
We know already that Anthem has been delayed to 2018, likely for better than worse, and two days ago, on April 16, we also got a blog update from BioWare’s relatively recently hired General Manager, Casey Hudson. Hudson had been at BioWare as a Producer and Director through its hits, such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and the Mass Effect Trilogy.
So what is Hudson’s blog post about? Well, he’s letting fans know that yes, he hears you and that Anthem is going to have a heavy story focus and really get back to what made BioWare, BioWare. Hudson notes that he came back to BioWare (after a brief stint at Microsoft) last summer, right after the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda, which was basically a disaster. The now-owned-by-EA-company had a slam dunk on its hands, and instead of delivering that to the basket, they tripped, fell down, and lost the metaphorical game. As much as a disaster ME:A was, there’s always lessons to be learned in failures, and the lesson here for Hudson is: if you put in the time and focus on gameplay, storylines, and content, you could really have a hit on your hands in Anthem. Of course, it seems these days Electronic Arts and their owned companies just have a way of messing up, even when there really is no reason to, so I must remain very cautious.
However, on the other side of the coin, I’m always willing to give someone the benefit of the doubt, and I’ll give it to Hudson for now. He states in his post:
“We need to delight players with new experiences and innovation, but we must stay focused on the importance of the world, character, and storytelling elements that players expect from our games. And our games must be designed to continue delivering new stories and experiences, in an ongoing relationship with players in the worlds we’re evolving together.”
I look forward to future updates from Hudson and hope he dives deep into the content of the world of Anthem. I ultimately hope that the game delivers players a true BioWare experience.