Anthem players rack up 40 million hours while BioWare preps launch

    
33

Do you have your calendar marked for February 22nd and the launch of Anthem? So does BioWare, and the studio is not taking much of a break between now and then.

“Our development team is hard at work on finalizing our launch builds and beginning our countdown preparations,” posted BioWare Head of Live Service Chad Roberston. “As I’ve mentioned previously, the launch version of the game has a long list of updates and improvements that were not in the demo builds. And, of course, launch will be the first time our community has access to the full game with all content.”

BioWare said that the public demo weekend “exceeded expectations” and was “super smooth.” More than 40 million hours of game play time were racked up across the two demo weekends, which is an interesting indication of the title’s popularity these days.

Source: Anthem

33
LEAVE A COMMENT

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

Game goes actually Live on February 14th at 23:30 CET, get your Story Straight Guys! 22nd is access Start for the Non Preorder Grunts.

Reader
kelvar

That’s not right either (didn’t you consult the rather large release chart?!).

The 15th is for Origin Premium subscribers only. The 22nd is for everyone else whether you pre-ordered or not!

oldandgrumpy
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
oldandgrumpy

Going to be very interested to see the state of the game 2 weeks after release.

Reader
Bannex

I played 2 hours of the demo and found it horribly optimized and experienced a myriad of bugs that weren’t really game breaking but they weren’t really reassuring either.

Flight controls on PC aren’t just bad, they’re terrible. While I get it, you’re using a jet pack and not a jet it’s still needlessly cumbersome.

The menus suck.

The actual game itself aside from my feelings on the flight controls is fun and I love the depth of customization.

Ultimately, this demo was pure crap from a technical standpoint. If they were trying to build hype for the game they probably failed more than they succeeded.

Make sure your demo doesn’t suck. See destiny 2 for successful demoing.

Reader
MolleaFauss

I installed. Fired it up. It felt like I’d fired up the Witcher 3 on a 1999 computer. And my laptop is shiny new, boght in december.
Then I realized it was not using the nVidia 1060 I have and was going through the internal GPU.
Read a few forums, too many clueless people trying improbable solution and not a single statement from the devs.
As if my setup was one of the most uncommon.
Ok, good stuff I didn’t preorder.

Aside: this might have purely been a stress tests for internal systems, but they should have better clarified it…

Reader
Crowe

I thought the flight controls were pretty rough. Then I tried the underwater controls… they made flight controls look *brilliant* in comparison.

ihatevnecks
Reader
ihatevnecks

Open demo weekend played much better than the VIP. The loading screens were still godawful long for how many you have to go through, but at least the infinite loading bug went away. My squad “only” crashed out of the stronghold randomly once, but that was in like 10 runs.

On the other hand, as soon as they started the titan event, things went to shit. I don’t know how many times I got DC’d from loading expedition back to the start screen before I just stopped for the rest of the day.

Veldara
Reader
Veldara

I’m not going to poopoo on the game but at the same time, it’s not a safe buy on day one for me. There’s just not enough content there on launch for me to buy it, for me and for my guild, it’s decided we’ll get it on sale and when more content is patched in to fill out the game.

Reader
Nathan Walter

I played the open demo weekend and found it to be very smooth, the only bug I encountered was that I lost sound once; which was corrected with a reboot of the game. No big deal. Other than that the 20 hours I put in had no issues. I was left thoroughly impressed and immediately pre-ordered.

Reader
rafael12104

“Super smooth”?? Heh. As compared to F76, yeah, ok. Has the bar gotten so low you can’t trip on it?

Well, I said my piece on the demo, but I will restate that IF the game was not managed by EA I would have already ordered it.

One word of caution. Guys, don’t fall for the Youtube gamer panic. There is so much exaggeration and misinformation out there right now that you can not objectively get an accurate read without having played the demo.

Angry Joe, Jim Sterling, YongYea et al. are jaded with EA hate. It’s understandable. But not everything is a conspiracy. For example, the claim that EA/Bioware makes early access of the game complicated in order to force consumers to buy… WTF? I don’t know about you, but if I don’t understand something my default is NOT to buy. And, btw. It isn’t difficult to understand EA’s early access anyway. (Although that chart of theirs didn’t help. Heh.)

So, I liked what I saw in the demo, but it was limited to a great extent. And because it’s EA and New Bioware there is a reason to be cautious. But, there is no reason to trash the game with unsubstantiated bullshit. That’s gamer panic and it can be just as damaging as EA bullshit.

I’ll wait and see as many of you will. But I think, at this stage, I’m optimistic I will be playing this game soon after launch.

Reader
Indigo Salma

Hyped as hell for the game. Only played it for a day on the last weekend to try all the other classes. Since the content is extremely limited.
Love the gameplay as well as looting games.Cant wait to explore the rest of the world.

Reader
Danny Smith

I keep hearing bad things with the Bioware diehards saying ‘they can fix it in time for launch’.

Doesn’t this come out in like 17 days? this legit feels like the thing thats going to make EA take them out back and Mythic’ them. This late in the console gen they are working on a live version, a next gen console version because theres no way they release this now as a service meme game and expect it to be dropped when the ps5 comes out late next year and its got texture file ‘minibuys’ that cost more than whole playable new warframes in warframe. Which is free.

This just seems set up to be a very expensive bomb.

Xijit
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Xijit

Demo was forked off from the live build 7 weeks ago … Not defending that it was a hot mess and that the only way you could possibly relate it to “smooth” is in the context that “warm shit is kinda smooth,” just saying that the live build has gotten an extra month of polish.

Why Bioware thought it would be fine to run the beta in that sate, I do not know.

… Just saying that the Live version, as it is now, is not the same state that the demo client was in.

Reader
Danny Smith

It wasn’t called a beta. It was called a demo. As in “demonstration representative of the retail build”.

Reader
Reht

It was never intended to be entirely representative of the retail build, it was designed to give us a curated taste of everything in the game, which is why it was called a demo instead of beta, according to Anthem’s producer Michael Gamble.

Reader
rafael12104

I admit a full beta would have been a much better option. Although the demo served its purpose.

Reader
Reht

Yeah, definitely think so too.

Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
Armsbend

The hard copies have already shipped or will be shipping this week.

the game is completed. What they are working on are the patches for the inevitable breakages.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Greaterdivinity

Day 1 patch, yo. Builds are locked well in advance for certification and manufacturing, but at this point just about every bloody game has a day 1 patch that’s usually pretty sizable.

Reader
Arktouros

Nope. As we learned with Fallout 76 (and plenty of games before): 30 day wait minimum. Preferably 60.

The game will still be there if it’s good and if it’s utter trash we’ll hear why.

Reader
Danny Smith

^Wisdom. I see people excited for every looter shooter on the horizon like its a second job they want to volunteer for and all i say is “what did the last console generation teach you? wait and see”.

I can’t think of any game genre more than games as a service where the winning move is to not play it till its announcing a sequel :p

Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
Armsbend

EA is 90. Companies are now using the quarterly introduction of new items, cash shop, etc. So they will try to build a base and then do whatever it is they planed to do. 90 days.

Good thing is by that time you can not only see if the game is any good, but also see how much hype/playerbase has died down. Does anyone really think they are missing out on not being at launch any longer? Those days are way in the rearview.

Reader
Arktouros

I don’t really worry or panic about cash shop items or cash shop shenanigans. A lot of people freak out over things like lockboxes or game play mechanics. All I worry about is if the game is worth the price of admission. If the game play is super grindy then that would be a bad game and not worth the upfront money and you’ll know that long before they introduce lock boxes to address it.

Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
Armsbend

Well since it is EA I assume the worst. There is no rush on this one though. No hype really. I can wait until the first 50% off or not do it at all.

Reader
Arktouros

I’m imagining you’re doing a happy dance after reading about their latest performance report :)

Godnaz
Reader
Godnaz

You have an excellent point, Arms. Publishers are waiting longer to introduce the hitch, usually round 90-120 days. By then they’ve either already lost you or your completely sucked in.

Godnaz
Reader
Godnaz

Arktouros knows what’s up.