Anthem doesn’t need whales to succeed, says BioWare’s Mike Gamble

    
62

It’s fairly common knowledge that many games with microtransactions tend to rely heavily on big-spending “whales” to keep their finances in the black and turn a healthy profit, but according to BioWare’s Mike Gamble, Anthem won’t be catering to high-rollers. In an interview with Gamasutra, Gamble went into a bit more detail about the upcoming multiplayer shooter’s business philosophy.

Gamble tells Gamasutra that the studio “‘is hoping to attract as many people as possible, make the pool as wide as possible, to support the game as long as possible. So even if we don’t have lots of people spending lots of money, we’re hoping the economy is such that we have a number of people [who can support the game.]'”

Of course, that doesn’t mean that the studio’s going to actively try to prevent whales from dropping money on the game; as Gamble says, “Having whales is great . . . but we don’t cater towards any particular group.” At the very least, players should be able to take comfort in the knowledge that, according to the devs, no matter how much money a player drops on the game, they won’t be able to “pay for power.”

Source: Gamasutra

62
LEAVE A COMMENT

Please Login to comment
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most liked
Subscribe to:
Reader
Golapani12

They destroyed Star Wars ,they destroyed mass effect ,they destroyed battlefield .whats next in the list of failures ?

Ernost
Reader
Ernost

No tricks. No Traps…

Reader
Carebear

Someone with name “gamble” is in charge of a game’s microtransactions :) what an irony!

April-Rain
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
April-Rain

Bioware is long since dead and is now EA in all but name, I have no faith in EA what so ever, they will be some nickel and diming in this game no mater how they try to market it.

I will never buy another EA product again till they release a straight up you get what you pay for AAA game with no gambling shop.

Watch this and you will understand whats seriously wrong with this company.

Reader
StonerMk2

I really dont understand peoples hate/dislike for this game. Destiny 2 absolutely sucks. Bungie failed with that game/series? on about a dozen fronts. The idea they had was fantastic but they apparently cant execute it to save their damn lives, so if Bioware (proper) can come in and do it right, i dont see the issue.

Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
Armsbend

I think people are just expecting the worst. Bioware’s best days are not even in the rear view any longer, it’s now a developers third try making a as successful Warframe clone and most importantly – Electronic Arts – the king of garbage mega-developers.

Or you can just play Warframe – a game who keeps making players happy year after year after year.

But who – know – maybe Electronic Arts is planning on bucking a decade long trend on this title.

Xijit
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Xijit

It plays absolutely nothing like warframe.

Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
Armsbend

Fans of Destiny said the same thing and no one cared. I get you like the game – that’s fine but [FILL IN THE BLANK].

Xijit
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Xijit

I’M IN THE DAMN ALPHA: I HAVE PLAYED THE GOD DAMN GAME WITH MY OWN 2 HANDS AND I AM TELLING YOU THIS GAME HAS NOTHING IN COMMON WITH WARFRAME OR DESTINY.

If it did, I would say that it did, but it doesn’t.

So chill dude, you will have your shot at the game’s Demo & then you can make your own judgement on if it is a good game or not … But I am telling you right now that it is not what you think it is & that Bioware has made a damn good game.

(And I typically do not like Bioware’s games … So I am not just a kiss ass apologist on that front either.)

Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
Armsbend

Really? You are in the alpha? No one could see that.

It is on EA to make people not hate them – right now Anthem is a piece of shit because it is an EA game. Whether or not that changes is up to release. Not a demo, not beta – because EA is a giant piece of shit – I will naturally assume – that a switch will take place on whatever it is you are playing.

I couldn’t imagine ever taking the time to play a alpha, beta or demo for EA – doing their work for them – how utterly ridiculous.

Xijit
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Xijit

*eyeroll*

micedicetwice
Reader
micedicetwice

It’s hopeless dude. I played the Alpha too, and can confirm it does not feel like Warframe or Destiny. If anything it feels like way better ME 3 multiplayer. But people are just mad about… something, I don’t really get why. At least fucking try it first, right? There will be an open demo, too, FFS.

Reader
J

As others have said EA doesn’t have my credibility with a lot of us. Everyone that made Bioware something special seems to have long since departed.

semugh
Reader
semugh

ok I’m confused. Will this be a $60 game or F2P? Or what?

Reader
Sray

It’ll be a $60 game… that has a F2P styled in game store, because why be F2P when you can charge people $60 before you nickle and dime them to death.

Xijit
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Xijit

B2P with a cosmetic cash shop.

$60 gets you the game & then all content expansions will be free instead of paid, since gating content on a game like this just fractures the player base.

Everyone rolls their eyes and says “bullshit” on the cosmetics only part, but that is exactly what they did with Titanfall 2 and the did absolutely amazing with it.

Rotating stock of exotic gun skins, plus every expansion came with a release of new Titan skins and paint jobs: not a single item had a single bonus stat.

Reader
Sorenthaz

Tbh Titanfall is like the one franchise that EA hasn’t completely screwed over with MTXes yet.

Reader
Nate Woodard

Don’t say that!! Now they’re gonna do it! :D

Xijit
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Xijit


“Fuck EA, they will never learn that we hate lootboxe gated progression and season passes for full game price DLC.”

    EA releases Titanfall 2 with no paid DLC & cosmetic only cash shop: it is an amazing success.

    EA buys out Respawn.

    EA bumps Respawn’s CEO into management instead of giving him a golden parachute.

    EA switches all of their upcoming core titles over to the same free updates / cosmetics only format as Titanfall.


“Those bastards at EA never do anything new: they just coast along on the same IPs every year & hamstring Bioware’s creativity with dull sequils.”

    EA tapps Bioware to develop a new plot driven Co-Op PvE title with no PvP, continous updates to the games campaign, and an open game world instead of static missions.


“Those bastards are raping Bioware by forcing them to make a shooter and defiling Bioware’s legacy! EA will never make another Dragon Age or Mass Effect game again!”

    EA releases announcement trailer for DA4, even though it is so early in production that they literally have nothing to show but the Logo and a marketing tag line.


“Fuck EA, Bioware is doomed if Anthem fails! They are going to close the Studo and ruin every developers life! I’ll never buy this game because of that!”

9c4f8ea5f758262cb0c782d282f5b4d1--kat-williams-crazy-faces.jpg
Reader
J

You are right. Fuck EA.

Reader
Skoryy

I’ll just say that you’ve discovered why /r/gamingcirclejerk exists.

Reader
James Crow

the Titanfall story is one of the strange stories in gaming if you ask me.
they made the first one and people was upset about no story.

than they make a nice story, great game all the fans was saying this game is great (and i agree) but than for no real reason players just starting to left the game.

now no one really play it.
hope a third one can kepp the players in.

Reader
Sorenthaz

A $60 ‘game as a service’ probably, same thing that EA does with most/all of their games nowadays. They’ll have folks pay $60 upfront and then dangle microtransactions as much as possible.

Reader
Skoryy

I’d be more interested in these games if my player character wasn’t restricted to some variation of Iron Man. Show me some skin, man! I want faces!

Reader
James Crow

yes this is my only problem with this game – and also with warframe.
they maybe added humans after years but im not fan of the children (even if its conected to the story)

Reader
Ironwu

I will not be buying into this game when it launches. Not really seeing the unique hook that would set it apart from the other similar offerings such as Warframe, Destiny2, and the like.

Without actually having it to actually examine, it just looks like a way overpriced lobby based shooter.

Reader
Rumm

$15 and you can try it for a month – it’s the way to rent now that Blockbuster is dead. Did it with BFV and now I can wait until more content comes down the pipe, very much worth it IMO.

Reader
Ironwu

Fair enough. With the EA Premier access for $15 one could get into the game cheaper than purchasing it. I would like to see a straight up demo version available though.

Xijit
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Xijit

Closed/invite only Alpha is going on now (in it: I am happy, but NDA so can’t say more) with a VIP demo in Jan. & an open Demo in early Feb.

Reader
Sorenthaz

Yeah, it looks like basically Mass Effect: Destinyframe or something along those lines.

Probably will be Bioware’s final nail in the coffin if it fails, but tbh I don’t see the point in buying into another sci-fi MMO-ish FPS thing.

Xijit
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Xijit

It leans on Mass Effect’s combat, is nothing like Destiny or Warframe.

It does however step nicely into the shoes left by Firefall, if that gives some insight.

Reader
Dug From The Earth

I seem to recall them saying something similar about The Old Republic mmorpg

Reader
Sorenthaz

Funny how quickly they leapt to “F2P IS THE FUTURE” back then. Didn’t even take like 6 months after launch.

Reader
Grave Knight

“Yes it does,” replied EA while cutting up Bioware’s hardwork in front of them to sell in over priced chunks.

Seriously, it doesn’t matter what anyone at Bioware’s says or thinks.