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Why Did Anthem Flop? 5 Reasons Anthem Failed at Launch

Here are five reasons people are not happy with BioWare's latest title.
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BioWare’s latest game has, well, not quite met fan expectations. The hard-hitting soundbites “failure” and “BioWare’s funeral” have even begun making their ways around the internet since the game’s release. Simply put, the game which currently holds a score of 58 on Metacritic, is seemingly sinking down into the murky waters of video game infamy.

BioWare, of course, is a talented team filled with some of the video game industry’s most inspiring minds. After all, this is the team that developed the highly acclaimed Dragon Age and Mass Effect series. Consequently, Anthem has left many players scratching their heads. Many players have been left asking what went wrong with the company’s latest title. Well, here are five reasons Anthem failed to meet many players’ expectations.

Reason #1: Bugs…Lots and Lots of Bugs

Anthem has been inundated with unfortunate bugs for some time now. During the beta testing, players voiced game breaking glitches that hindered their chances to delve into the title. After launch, things did not immediately get better.

After launch, as reported by windowscentral.com, some players began reporting that their consoles were being bricked by the game. The system-level bug reportedly caused many players to be unable to turn their consoles off. Other times, the game would suddenly shut off players’ consoles. This issue was predominantly associated with PlayStation 4 consoles.

Players on Xbox One began reporting a different bug altogether. After suspending the game, some Xbox One players were unable to return to the title. This game breaking glitch cost many players seemingly large amounts of progress.

Across all platforms, players have reported issues with their games crashing after entering the forge within Anthem. These are just a handful of the more devastating bugs and glitches that have reportedly plagued the title.

Reason #2: People Are Not Happy with Anthem’s Post-Launch Support

As Anthem launched with a series of game breaking bugs, much of the early post-launch support for Anthem was simply attempting to fix the title’s technical issues. EA has since offered a detailed report on what players can expect in the coming months concerning the title. However, many fans have been left underwhelmed by the minor additions to the title post-launch.

Reason #3: This was no Dragon Age Sequel

BioWare earned a massive chunk of its fan base with the release of the Mass Effect and Dragon Age series. Consequently, the studio faced the incredibly difficult task of meeting those series standards when they decided to release a new intellectual product.

Anthem was forced to meet those high standards that BioWare fans have come to expect from the creatively talented development team. That being said, many fans have been voicing disappointment with the new title. Critics have not been kind to the game either.

Reason #4: The Critics Were Not Impressed

Anthem currently wields an unenthusiastic 58 on Metacritic. Popular gaming site IGN ruled the title a 6.5/10. Meanwhile, fellow gaming news source GameSpot gave the game a slightly lower score of 6/10. Overall, Anthem has not been quite accepted with open arms by the world’s professional video game critics.

Reason #5: Mass Effect Andromeda Didn’t Do It Any Favors

BioWare’s audience has seemingly only grown since the release of Mass Effect and Dragon Age. That being said, fans’ outlook on the development team behind these franchises seemingly took a turn after the release of Mass Effect Andromeda.

The fourth title within the series, Mass Effect Andromeda carried a heavy burden. After all, the Mass Effect series is largely beloved by players worldwide. That being said, Mass Effect Andromeda failed to snare the attention of players the same way previous BioWare games had.

With just a 71 Metacritic score and middling sales, Mass Effect Andromeda slowly slumped away into the ether of mediocrity. Along with it, the hype behind BioWare as a development team slowly followed behind.

The release of Anthem has only pushed BioWare farther in that direction, seemingly warding longtime BioWare fans from excitement for the team’s upcoming projects. Still, BioWare is filled with some of the most talented developers within the industry. They may surprise us yet.

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Hunter Boyce is a writer, which probably seems pretty obvious with "author" prominently displayed. He mostly writes about video games. However, he was previously a mixed martial arts news writer. When not writing about people pelting each other in the face or about leveling up in the latest RPG, he tends to spend his time as a web producer in Atlanta. You can shout all of your MMA and video game related quandaries at him at @SomthinClever on Twitter. Feel free to make your demands to him in ALL CAPS. He loves that.

1 Comment

  1. Markku Hänninen Reply

    “It’s shitty game” is missing from the list. All those reasons would be acceptable or meaningless if the core game was good. But Destiny clone with few twists doesn’t do it. Destiny 2 isn’t doing great either.

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