Anthem cratered both critically and commercially, but this wasn’t an extinction event according to Bioware. The sci-fi co-op loot shooter (use of the word shlooter is strictly prohibited) is “here to stay” according to Bioware community manager Jesse Anderson.
Speaking to fans on Anthem’s subreddit, Anderson explained that Bioware plans to turn Anthem around. He admits it’s going to take a lot of work but Bioware is committed to supporting Anthem for the long haul.
“All I’ll say on this is that Anthem is here to stay,” said Anderson. “Do we have a lot of work to do to fix parts of the game? Yes, and the team is committed to making improvements and releasing new content.”
On the subject of the lack of content in the current version of Anthem, Anderson explained this isn’t an area he has much control over but that he is relaying feedback to the team.
“Again, I want to thank this community for everything,” he explained. “The team is listening to all of your feedback for Anthem on how you’d like to see the game improve, or how you’d like to see us engage with the community differently. I know that players want to see updates faster, but these things can take time to make sure they are done right. We’re very appreciative of this community and look forward to the days, weeks, months and years ahead. Strong Alone, Stronger Together.”
My read from this is Bioware knows Anthem is still a long way from being the game it wants it to be. Is it worth playing right now? Well, that’s up to you, but it sounds as if taking a wait and see approach would be the smart choice for now. Who knows, perhaps a year from now Anthem has turned into a game we’d always hoped it would be.
Anthem owners, how have you found the experience so far? Do you think Bioware will turn it around, or are you worried support will dry up?