Anthem lead producer Ben Irving is parting ways with BioWare for an "exciting opportunity at another gaming company."
(1/3) After 8 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 Baldurs Gate many many years ago, BioWare was the dream place I always wanted to work.— Ben Irving (@BenIrvo) August 15, 2019
"I will forever be grateful to all the people who gave me the chance to work on great products with amazing people," wrote Irving. "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.
"I have really enjoyed interacting with the Anthem community - Streams, Twitter and Reddit. Through the good times and the tough times. You all are in great hands with [Jesse Anderson] and [Andrew Johnson] (and have been for some time now). I wish nothing but the best for all of you."
Irving's departure comes just after the game launched its long-promised Cataclysm event as part of patch 1.3 that brought some much-needed end game content to Anthem.
From launch, Anthem faced an uphill battle, plagued by server issues, bugs, and a lack of content to keep players invested. Despite this, Bioware doubled down, promising to stay "100% committed" to the game going forward.
With Irving's departure, one has to wonder if that still holds true.