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Re: Did Anthem Become Biowares Funeral?

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Did Anthem Become Biowares Funeral?

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  • BioWare makes great games. Baldur's Gate? Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic? Jade Empire? Mass Effect? Dragon Age? All classics. Quite simply, if you're looking for role-playing games with interesting and memorable characters, unique and compelling settings, and complex stories that change based on the way that you play, BioWare makes the titles that you're looking for. With any luck, we'll be playing BioWare games for many, many years to come.Recently, though, BioWare's been going through a rough patch, and it seems like the company might be in some trouble. Some major titles from big franchises didn't quite perform the way they were supposed to (or really, perform at all). Enter Anthem. Not only is BioWare's upcoming shooter totally different from anything the developer has made before, but BioWare has everything riding on it. If Anthem delivers — and we genuinely hope it does — it could breathe new life into the studio. If it fails? Well, let's just say, the results won't be pretty. 

A year after announcing Shadow Realms, BioWare pulled the plug. According to BioWare, other projects were simply more important. BioWare Austin, where the game was being developed, turned the bulk of its attention back to the MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic, while the rest of the Shadow Realms team was put to work on Dragon Age: Inquisition, Mass Effect: Andromeda, and a "new" intellectual property — which, as we now know, was probably Anthem.

 

Dragon Age: Inquisition was a massive hit and The Old Republic is still chugging along. Mass Effect is on ice, however, and the next Dragon Age is a ways off thanks in part to corporate restructuring. BioWare needs to be something to bank on in the meantime. Shadow Realmscould've helped relieve some of the pressure, but the studio decided to bank on Antheminstead. Hopefully, that was the right choice. We'll see.This doom and gloom isn't all conjecture, by the way. BioWare employees themselves say that the developer has bet everything on Anthem's success. Speaking anonymously to Kotaku, a number of BioWare's designers, developers, and other staff members say that the company's future rests on Anthem. If the game doesn't succeed, Kotaku's report says, "BioWare will look very different in the future" — and not in a good way.

According to Kotaku, BioWare has devoted almost every available resource to Anthem, and both the Edmonton and Austin studios are hard at work on the shooter. Mark Darrah, who's been at BioWare since the Baldur's Gatedays, is currently splitting time between Anthem and Dragon Age, which he executive produces. BioWare higher-ups have considered ending development on Star Wars: The Old Republic in order to free up resources for Anthem, although no final decisions have been made in that regard.

 

Internally, BioWare's staff feels the pressure, too. BioWare Montreal's closure and Aaryn Flynn's departure have staff rattled. Fans' increasing frustration with Destiny 2, which is similar to Anthem in many ways, are common causes of concern. In short, BioWare's employees seem to agree that, for better or worse, the company's long-term survival is tied to Anthem — and they're doing everything that they can to make sure that the game is a hit.Finally, the elephant in the room: in spite of everything that has gone wrong (and everything that could), Anthem might be great. Despite staff departures, BioWare is still full of talented people. Despite Mass Effect: Andromeda's lackluster showing, the studio still has far more good on its gameography than bad, and has proved itself a master at sci-fi storytelling. Despite BioWare's precarious situation business-wise, it really only needs one hit to return to its former glory.

Could that hit be Anthem? Yes, it absolutely could. Nobody — not fans, not Electronic Arts, and certainly not BioWare itself — wants to see Anthem fail. Maybe it won't. Some observers think that Destiny 2's slow start could be exactly what BioWare needs. Anthemcould fill the hole that Destiny numero uno left behind. Anthem could be the end of the studio, or it could be the beginning of a new golden age. We'll just have to wait and see.

 

Besides, even if Anthem isn't your cup of tea, maybe BioWare's next game will be. After all, BioWare has tons of other fun stuff in store. The next Dragon Age title is already in pre-production. The Old Republic gets better all the time, and its sixth expansion is currently being worked on, too. Mass Effect is sure to come back eventually, and BioWare's got a number of other great franchises in its stable (Jade Empire, we're looking at you), as well as a whole staff full of creative people. They just need to get over the Anthem hump, first.

 

Good luck, BioWare. We're rooting for you..... 

 

Edited by CM - The post as it stands is fine, however I've had to remove some of your statements at the end.

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Survey should have claimed half it's Reddit users opposed to the entire player base. I'm not going anywhere. Have played every day since launch. Will continue to play it as well. Good riddance to the people who claim to want the game to succeed, yet quit playing.

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It won't be it's funeral. EA has  already made money on the game. Bioware isn't going anywhere

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@Knugz3827 wrote:

Just glad the refund was approved division 2 is badass



Yeah, until you reach max. Then it’s the same. Takes longer, sure. But it also has a saturation threshold

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Goodbye.
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Thats fine i reached endgame in anthem in 3 days playing 2 hours a night

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theres no funerals in the videogame industry, only swan songs.

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@Knugz3827 wrote:

Just glad the refund was approved division 2 is badass



How is that summer skin and character wipe for the full price of a game working out for ya? People talk about predatory game practices and don't see what a huge scam The Division 2 is. there is ZERO reason that couldn't have been an update/xpac for The Division.

 

Then again you are the type of person who reads news articles based on reddit polls. I look forward to seeing how much you 'moved on' when you keep posting on a Anthem specific forum.

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@Neiloch wrote:

@Knugz3827 wrote:

Just glad the refund was approved division 2 is badass



How is that summer skin and character wipe for the full price of a game working out for ya? People talk about predatory game practices and don't see what a huge scam The Division 2 is. there is ZERO reason that couldn't have been an update/xpac for The Division.

 

Then again you are the type of person who reads news articles based on reddit polls. I look forward to seeing how much you 'moved on' when you keep posting on a Anthem specific forum.


actually there are reasons.. for one thing its another city. for another they implemented different tier systems and redid the recalibration. then theres the different classes and skill systems plus pvp. so yea, despite still being on the same generation of hardware theres significant changes to the game. 

 

your comment clearly came from a place of ignorance, im just informing you. by your logic there never needed to be more than 1 need for speed game either.. or madden. theres FAR more content per dollar in division 2 than there is in anthem.. then again theres more content per dollar in orbus vr too and that's just a crummy indie vr game.

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This game is have too many stuff is other shooting game not have. :0 … I don't think so . well . its just regenerate a stuff not fast enough . :d 

 

cheer 

 

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