Anthem isn't even out for PS4 and Xbox One yet, but fans are already thinking ahead to the game's future. Since Anthem is a live service game, with BioWare apparently planning to support it for a whopping 10 years, some fans have wondered if it will eventually be ported to next-generation consoles. And while we don't have an official confirmation on whether or not a next-gen version of Anthem is actively in development, BioWare's Head of Live Service Chad Robertson has confirmed that saves will transfer to next-gen consoles if the opportunity arises.
Responding to a fan on Twitter, Robertson said that save files would "always" carry over when fans upgraded to next-gen consoles. Robertson stopped short of specifying the PS5 and next Xbox specifically, but since Anthem is set to launch for PS4 and Xbox One, it's a safe bet they would be the consoles he is referring to.
Save transfers were commonplace in the transition from the seventh generation of consoles to the eighth, as many early PS4 and Xbox One titles were enhanced ports of PS3 and Xbox 360 games. It seems likely that we will see something similar in the early days of the PS5 and next Xbox, and since Anthem is releasing relatively late in the eighth generation console cycle, a next-gen version makes a lot of sense.
Of course, this is likely dependent on how successful Anthem is when it finally launches later this month. The game's demo was met with a somewhat mixed reception, earning some praise for its fast-paced action, but criticized for technical issues and its similarities to Destiny. And with many other live service style games to compete with, it's unclear if Anthem will be able to carve out its own piece of the pie come release.
If Anthem is successful and manages to build and maintain a sizable playerbase, then a next-gen version is all but guaranteed. However, it's possible that if the rumors are true about the next Xbox and PS5 supporting backward compatibility, perhaps Anthem will simply be an eighth generation game playable on ninth generation hardware, as opposed to an actual port.
We haven't seen anything official on next-generation consoles just yet, so worrying about how Anthem will play on them is a little premature. Once the next-generation consoles are revealed, we will have a better idea of whether or not it will be worthwhile for BioWare and Electronic Arts to bring Anthem to the new platforms.
Anthem launches on February 22 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.