Howdy Freelancers! After 8 long years with the company, Ben Irving, Lead Producer on Anthem, has announced his departure from Bioware.

This news came out earlier this week, but I had a lot of other stuff to cover. Ben Irving stepped in to be the Lead Producer on Anthem in the wake of Mark Darrah, Michael Gamble, and Jonathan Warner leaving the project and Bioware altogether.

I think that Ben has done an incredible job with Anthem, appearing on streams, being present with the community on Twitter, and taking on E3 whilst there was a lot of hurt causing people to be very angry at any Bioware representatives.

Irving told everyone on Twitter that he’s leaving Bioware after 8 years that he’s loved with the company. He said that this new position was an exciting position with another gaming company that he was very pleased to get. He added that he thinks there’s a great team working on Anthem right now, and that the game’s future is bright.

Humble as ever, Irving thanked everyone who he’s worked with until now for helping him get to where he is today. He pointed out that the Anthem community managers are the best people possible that he could be leaving the community in the hands of, and we should be very happy with the way he’s leaving.

How Did Everyone Take This News?

Well suffice to say that if there’s news close to Anthem, the games press are going to spin it in a negative light. That’s exactly what’s happened, but I don’t think someone changing jobs reflects badly on the game they were working on. Usually it reflects badly on the company, but we all know how much EA overstepped with Anthem, forcing Bioware to make some questionable changes.

However, some small pockets of the community have wished Ben Irving the best. I’m going to be part of this community, and hope that whatever he goes on to work on is exactly what he dreams it is. Earlier this year I quit my full-time job to pursue a dream of freelance games journalism, so I understand anyone moving jobs if it’s something they’re passionate about.

Let me know what you think about the situation in the comments. Don’t forget to check out the last piece I did on Ben Irving when he updated us on Anthem’s loot.

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