The redesign, which was referred to as Anthem Next or Anthem 2.0, hoped to "reinvent the core gameplay loop" of Anthem. The game has received mixed reviews from fans and critics, and the planned redesign had many excited to see where the game would go.
According to Christian Dailey, an executive producer of BioWare, in an Anthem Update over on BioWare's Blog, "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."
"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." - Christian Dailey, Executive Producer, BioWare.
"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." - Christian Dailey, Executive Producer, BioWare.
The announcement to redesign the game came last February when BioWare announced that they would be putting together an "incubation team" of 30 people to recreate and make Anthem better.
Although the redesign's development has been canceled, Anthem's current live services will continue to function and be available for existing fans and players.
Anthem was initially released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC in January 2019.