Right off of EA’s conference, I gotta say I’m extremely worried about Bioware. If they get disbanded within the next 2-3 years, I’ll be extremely sad but I won’t be surprised at all.
If Anthem gets canceled in a year, I won’t be surprised at all. There’s no way this game is anywhere near ready enough to come out in 2019. It’s either getting massively delayed or canceled. I’d say I was angry for them proving their detractors right about the first “gameplay” we saw for this game. I’d say that if I cared even a little bit about this game.
There’s a lot wrong with Anthem already, mostly that it’s being developed by Bioware and it’s basically the exact opposite of the kind of games Bioware excels at making.
Bioware’s strengths are story and characters. Anthem by it’s very nature of being a mashup of Warframe, Destiny and Monster Hunter can’t have a story or characters. These kinds of games are made for and kept alive by Aesthetics, community, and microtransactions. And that’s not a bad thing, it’s just nothing Bioware has any business doing.
The biggest issue to me is that, it doesn’t have to be this way. They could’ve made Anthem or a game like it, and played to Bioware’s strengths.
Example of what I’m talking about:
Anthem’s pitch - You’re a “Freelancer”, you pilot a mechsuit called a “Javelin” and use it to protect humanities colony on this hostile alien world.
Anthem’s pitch if it were playing to Bioware’s strengths - In the far future, a post-apocalyptic Earth is inhabited by pockets of humanity who use the weapons of the old world (Javelins) to defend their communities from hostile life, mostly in the form of other humans. An empire has risen from the ashes of the old world, consuming every pocket of humanity it encounters in the name of attaining resources and fulfilling their divine right.
The difference between these two pitches is that the one I just came up with centers on conflict between people, and that it necessary to actually have characters and story or even just lore that people actually care about. And if people care about that then they’ll keep coming back, look at Overwatch.
Instead Anthem looks like it’s just gonna be the rustic Iron Man aesthetics and shooting bullet sponges. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Again it just isn’t what Bioware should be doing. Especially not after their last game.