At best, Bioware's looter-shooter Anthem can be considered a failed experiment, and at worst a complete flop. However, Bioware seems determined to turn the game around, with the studio even planning on Anthem being a ten-year game. Now, EA CEO Andrew Wilson has reaffirmed the company's commitment to the game, stating that it will become "something great".
Speaking in an interview, Wilson acknowledged the negative reception of Anthem but stated that the company wouldn't run away from its issues as a lesser company might. Wilson went on to comment about the life cycle of new IP and how Anthem will evolve in the future, stating, "IP lives for generations, and runs in these seven to ten-year cycles. So, if I think about Anthem on a seven to ten-year cycle it may not have had the start that many of us had wanted, including our players," Wilson continued, "I feel like that team is really going to get there with something special and something great, because they've demonstrated they can."
Needless to say, there are likely going to be growing pains along the way. Anthem players are already disappointed by the Cataclysm event even though it hasn't officially launched yet, which indicates that Bioware still has some work to do when it comes to figuring out the type of content their player base likes. However, Bioware still has plenty of time to figure out what works and what doesn't if the company is serious about its ten-year plan.
The biggest struggle for EA and Bioware will likely be convincing players to come back to the game in the future. No Man's Sky was able to slowly flip public perception with regular updates, but it took a substantial amount of time and effort on the part of the development team. There have been rumors of Anthem going free-to-play, which would likely bolster the player base, at least temporarily, but that would mean that EA would have to find other ways to monetize the game, most likely through microtransactions.
The road ahead for Anthem is long, but there is enough talent at Bioware for Anthem to make a comeback, assuming that EA and Bioware stay true to their commitment to the game.
Anthem is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.