May Anthem Update
My name is Christian, and I am the Studio Director for the BioWare Austin office that is leading the production of what we are exploring NEXT for Anthem. Prior to this role I was the Franchise Development Director for the Anthem Live Service helping guide the development of our post-launch updates which focused on stabilizing and improving performance of the service, our first Cataclysm, Season of Skulls, Icetide and into the most recent update with 1.7. taking in all the feedback you have been graciously providing and adding it to the giant cookbook of things we are experimenting with in Anthem.
Incubation- AKA prototyping
The Anthem incubation team has kicked off and we are starting to validate our design hypotheses. Incubation is a term we use internally – it essentially means we are going back and experimenting/prototyping to improve on the areas where we believe we fell short and to leverage everything that you love currently about Anthem. We are a small team – about 30-ish, earning our way forward as we set out to hit our first major milestone goals. Spoiler – this is going to be a longer process. And yes, the team is small but the whole point of this is to take our time and go back to the drawing board. And a small team gives us the agility a larger one can’t afford.
We really want this experience to be different for the team and our players, but we know we have some tough challenges to tackle.
Start the conversation
We also want to start putting together some regular comms out to everyone to show/talk about these changes and our progress. This blog is one example, but we also want to include you in more of the day to day and hopefully get you some real interactions with the team.
We will get back to everyone on what our update cadence will look like soon, as we start looping you into our progress.
We hope this finds you well
I am proud of the folks I spend time with – and in this physical distancing new world, the folks I spend time on Zoom with. I am not here to over hype anything, but we do believe the changes we are making are the right ones and we hope you think so as well...but you might not and that is cool too. It is the constructive criticism and feedback we need – in either direction.
I hope everyone is staying safe and focusing on the things that matter most to you. Stay tuned as we kick this off and we hope to see/hear from you as we go on this journey (stronger) together.
May 18, 2020 at 23:28