Anthem lead producer leaves BioWare after eight years
Just six months after its troubled launch, Anthem has lost frontman Ben Irving, as he leaves to work elsewhere in the games industry.
Even though it’s amongst the top 10 selling games of the year so far, Anthem is destined to go down as one of 2019’s biggest failures.
After a lukewarm critical reception, and an even colder response from most gamers, the game at least managed to get its long-delayed Cataclysm event started this month. But just as that happened it’s lost its lead producer.
Since he hosts most of the livestreams, Ben Irving will be well known to fans as the frontman for the whole of the Anthem development team but now he’s leaving.
‘After eight amazing years at BioWare I have made the decision to move on and have accepted an exciting opportunity at another gaming company. Since the first time I played Baldur’s Gate many, many years ago, BioWare was the dream place I always wanted to work,’ said Irving in a series of tweets.
‘I will forever be grateful to all the people who gave me the chance to work on great products with amazing people. I believe Anthem has a bright future – there is a great team working on it and I look forward to following its progress (and playing it!) from the sidelines.’
Irving joined BioWare in 2011 and became lead producer on Star Wars: The Old Republic, before joining the Anthem team last year.
There’s no indication of what company he’s leaving BioWare to join, or who his replacement will be, but despite all of Anthem’s problem there’s so far been no talking of abandoning the game or stopping support.
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