Anthem is finally officially launched, to the tune of lukewarm reviews (plus the launch roadmap)

We never claimed to be saints.

Anthem has finally, finally wound its way through all its early tests and early accesses and headstarts and other folderol to make it to the finish line, which is also the starting line: Yes, it’s finally launched. Reddit is currently collecting bug reports for the launch patch too.

In case you’re wondering, yes we have a writer in there checking it out for the MMO player’s perspective, but his impressions aren’t ready yet. But reviews from mainstream sites are trickling in, and they’re not exactly glowing; PC Gamer, for example, says it’s gorgeous but flawed and frustrating, while IGN says the launch is “barebones.” So basically, it’s a BioWare game. VG247 also has an account of an EA partner paid to upload a YouTube review of the game that apparently was too negative for EA’s tastes and had to be taken down and put back online again sans EA watermarks.

If you’re playing this weekend, we’d love to hear your take. And lest you think it’s all doom and gloom, just check out this classy tweet from The Division 2’s creative director.

BioWare has a launch address up on the game now, complete with a 90-day roadmap:

“Coming off our Early Access period, we understand that we have lots of work ahead of us to continue to improve the game. As a Live Service team, a core tenet for us is listening hard to the community. We use that insight to fix issues and make Quality of Life fixes to the game. Our most recent patch – the one you are playing now — reflects your feedback. You can see the list of changes here. Many came from listening to you. Beyond that, we have a growing list of improvements we’re evaluating for the future. You’ll start seeing the next of those this coming week.”

March, for example, is looking at new legendary missions and cosmetics, plus the first Cortex Locked freeply event; April will see the expanded mastery progression system, more new missions, the Sunken stronghold, leaderboards, and guilds; while May heralds Cataclysm. No not that Cataclysm.

Apparently some folks at Resetera have already found some copies of Anthem in the cheapie bin in a German retail store, but it doesn’t seem to be a widespread thing. Let’s hope not, anyway. (Thanks for the tip, Gregg!)
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