Anthem lead producer Ben Irving has announced his departure from BioWare after eight “amazing” years for another, undisclosed game developer. This isn’t great news for EA’s online multiplayer action role-playing game, which has been struggling to gain (and maintain) its current playerbase.

Irving’s leave comes just weeks after the debut of Anthem’s massive 1.3 patch, which brought a new game mode called “Cataclysm” and fresh story missions. Gear, weapons, melee attacks, and the way Javelins interact with the environment have also been heavily tweaked.

“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.”

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