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Anthem’s lead producer, Ben Irving, leaves BioWare

Ben Irving, the lead producer of BioWare’s open-world shooter Anthem, has left the studio after eight years, citing an “exciting opportunity” as his reason for the departure.

“After 8 amazing years at BioWare I have made the decision to move on and have accepted an exciting opportunity at another gaming company,” Irving said via a series of tweets on his personal Twitter account (thanks, Gamegrin). “Since the first time I played Baldurs Gate many many years ago, BioWare was the dream place I always wanted to work.

“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 concluded his statement by stating his fondness for the Anthem community – “through the good times and the tough times” – and said the game would be in “great hands” with the remaining team members. The news has been met with a number of vitriolic replies from Anthem players on Twitter, with some taking Irving’s departure as a sign that Anthem is “doomed“.

BioWare has yet to confirm a new lead producer to succeed Irving.

A detailed investigation by Kotaku in April depicted an unhealthy culture at the acclaimed studio and included specific references to senior staff from a number of anonymous sources that intimated the studio lacked focus and drive throughout much of Anthem’s pre-production and production processes.

BioWare responded to claims of “problems in the development of Anthem and some of [its] previous projects” with both a public statement and an internal memo to all staff, acknowledging the workplace “problems are real” and pledged “to continue working to solve them”.

About Vikki Blake

It took 15 years of civil service monotony for Vikki to crack and switch to writing about games. She has since become an experienced reporter and critic working with a number of specialist and mainstream outlets in both the UK and beyond.

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