BioWare says ‘every part of [Anthem] is in and functioning’

    
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BioWare’s confusing multiplayer extravaganza Anthem is rolling into alpha. Likening the experience to his time building Baldur’s Gate two decades ago, studio boss Casey Hudson delivered the news on the company blog this afternoon.

“Last week, the Anthem team passed its Alpha milestone – meaning that every part of the game is in, and functioning. It’s a ton of fun to play, and full of engaging character moments and storylines. But it’s also exciting to see people around the office (and at our partner studios) grouping together for adventures in this new world we’ve created. BioWare games have always been about capturing a shared experience – whether through a party of fictional characters or other players – and somehow the idea of players being immersed together in the universe of Anthem makes the setting seem even more real.”

“Now that all the important pieces are in the game, we can move almost entirely to bug-fixing, testing, and tuning – which will be an incredible amount of work on a game this big,” he writes. “We have some really ambitious plans for launch and beyond, and we really want to get it right. We will have news soon about when you can learn more about Anthem and try it out yourself.”

The game is still slated for launch on February 22nd of next year.

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2Ton Gamer

SWTOR said all of its systems were in and working as well. Until a few days after launch and then they weren’t.

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Slaasher

I remember the early videos promoting this game and it looked fantastic then.
I will be checking this one out probably

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Oleg Chebeneev

Having high hopes for Anthem. But it will probably choke my GTX 970

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Mr.McSleaz

BioWare says ‘every part of [Anthems] Lock Box system is in and functioning’

I saw a Typo, Fixed it for you :)

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Arktouros

I’d like to think they’re more savvy than that. My prediction is they’ll instead do is release with no lockboxes to garner good will then whammy people later with “cosmetics only” boxes some between the first DLC launch.

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Arktouros

Like most games these days I’m more apt to wait what the real world impressions are. The fact I have to download and use yet-another-software-platform with Origin already makes me pretty skeptical (looking at you too, 76).

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Alex Willis

Honestly? I’m glad it will be playable in the near future so we don’t have to endure months and months of hype, only to be deflated come release. If this thing is a dud, we’ll know it sooner rather than later.

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xpsync

Hopefully they didn’t forget to install the fun part.

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Darthbawl

Fun Pack DLC :P

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Sally Bowls

If this thing is a dud, we’ll know it sooner rather than later.

I am not as sure of that as I would have been five years ago. I can’t really rely on metacritic – vocal groups triggered by pro or anti SJW or DRM/offline mode or lockboxes etc. – can greatly sway the number. IMO, there is little information in reading “MOP commenter disparages new EA game.” Similarly, I think the hip content creator on YT/Twich are going to get more views from trashing the game. Although raving praise of the game would probably still get more views than a more mixed and accurate analysis.

So my trust of metacritic-like sites, “gaming journalism” (excluding MOP & BW), Reddit and forums is not near what it used to be.

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Brother Maynard

Commencing pre-launch check.
Red channel: check
Green channel: check
Blue channel: check
Hudson to mission control: we are ready to launch.

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Targeter

This is quality snark.

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Ironwu

My great fear on this game, from these folks, is that it will be a $60 (minimum) buy in, with subscription/game pass offerings, paid DLC, paid expansions, and cash shop with not-so-micro transactions.

No way am I getting on THAT particular bus anymore.

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xpsync

Then you come along a game like Warframe, and its complete opposite.

It’s like Digital Extreme goes out of their way to make you feel like you don’t need to spend money. So i spend more, lol /jk kinda :) you know i’m buying Chroma Prime, but then that’ll be it till next Prime (most likely), that’s crazy but yea, EA is just straight up greed.

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Ironwu

Same here on the Warframe front. It is amazing that setting up the game so that you can get everything through playing (even though it would take luck and lots of repetitions) really makes the game worth every penny that is spent. So far, I limit myself to $15mo, just as if it were a traditional MMO.

But, if my favorite ‘frame and/or weapons were to be available in the Vault? I don’t know if I could resist!

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Rax Fam

If the devs keep to their word, their cash shop will feature cosmetics – all of which can be earned in game. No pay walls with dlc for free. Nothing was said about purchasing expansions however.

PAX West 2018: Anthem shuns content paywalls, lockboxes while embracing ‘reactive storytelling’

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xpsync

Can’t turn down fav’s, the other hard to resist 75% Bounty of the Lotus, impossible to resist.

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Denice J. Cook

Let’s hope purchaseable DLC is all good, then, and not like Destiny 1 & 2 where you are forced to buy a couple tiny expansions that suck just to get to the one or two good ones after it.

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xpsync

Agreed, loved Destiny 1, never touched Destiny 2 because of that, plus compared to Warframe… no contest, it’s so superior in every way.

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angrakhan

I’m pretty sure it will be $60 for the lowest level package with higher tiers that include a season pass. Season pass will include 2 ‘major’ DLC’s with minor updates for free. Doubt there will be a sub. No one but like 2 games do that anymore. After the season pass period they will release a paid expansion that will cost close to if not another $60 with another season pass. There will be a cash shop with cosmetic items and emotes.

It will be the Destiny 2 model… which is also The Division model… which is also the For Honor model … which is also the Ghost Recon Wildlands model.

I’m really not sure why people bitch about this model since everyone absolutely refuses to pay subs, and the free-to-play loot-box model is getting outlawed. Do you seriously expect companies to build AAA games for free? Seriously I’d like to know what your idea of a fair monetization model is, and then let’s line that up next to the budget for this game and discuss how a profit is going to be made.

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Sally Bowls

Anthem, like FIFA, Madden, and Battlefield, is available for no additional charge as part of Origin Access Premier. I am not sure I like SaS, but it does take some risk out when you are no longer buying the games.

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hurbster

Can one assume they are not using the team that bug-tested Andromeda ?

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Armsman

No – that’s the team that built this game… ;)

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Psi

I am amazingly conflicted about Anthem. I don’t want to support EA’s recent business practices, but I do want to support BioWare, as I love their games.

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McGuffn

Pay with a check, and on the comment line write that all the money goes to Bioware, and none to EA.

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Alex Js.

Go write check to Drew Carpyshin, David Gaider, Brent Knowles and people like them if you loved the games they helped to create ;-)

The Bioware as a current company has no interest in creating RPG games with deep stories, immersive worlds and unique characters (despite the lies they still feed to gullible people) and most of the Bioware people who did that in the past (especially the writers) have left the company (along with the original founders) so it’s irrational to still treat the company well based on their past achievements.