With both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S on the horizons, one question is plaguing my mind. Is Anthem coming to next-gen consoles? There are two answers to this, so let’s get into them.

Yes

The first answer to the question “is Anthem coming to next-gen consoles?” is yes! Of course we can very easily say that the version of the game, Anthem Next or Anthem 2.0, that Bioware is working on is almost certainly for next-gen consoles.

Why else would EA allow Bioware to spend valuable resources on the game, if they weren’t sure that it would be a next-gen offering? Well there is a counterpoint to this, but for this answer we won’t worry about it.

There really is very little reason to continue working on a game most have already discounted as dead if it’s not going to come to the new era of gaming platforms. It’s stupid from a business perspective, and it’s stupid to think that any player will continue to invest time into the game if it’s gong to be left by the wayside.

No

The second, just as plausible answer, is no. EA may well be okay with Bioware working on Anthem, but we don’t know what that deal consists of. It could be that Bioware owns the IP, which is why they will spend their time on it, but are working on things like the Mass Effect Trilogy for EA.

It’s also possible that EA has given the green light to work on Anthem, but only as a current-gen game. They might see the point in keeping it going on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but have no desire to see it move to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S and X.

This would be sad, but it’s also very sensible from a business perspective. Everyone is already calling Anthem a dead game, so why try to revive it if you can pull the plug? The answer is probably that Bioware owns it, and they won’t kill it.

It’s Complicated

From what we know, EA basically killed Anthem by changing it so much in the last moments before launch. This made work on the game extremely difficult, and now we have what we have.

I believe that Bioware is building a game they want to see everyone play one day. They’re working to make Anthem Next or Anthem 2.0 the best game it can be. One that they can stand by and call a success.

In my head, there’s no way that Anthem is skipping the next generation. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what they say on the matter for a definitive answer though. Let me know what you think in the comments.

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