EA CEO on Anthem: ‘I feel like that team is really going to get there with something special and something great’

    
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That's something like a relief.

We don’t want to say that the mood of the Anthem fanbase is fatalistic at this point, but it’s certainly not predicting that all is well in the game or in development. But surprisingly, a recent interview with EA CEO Andrew Wilson at this year’s E3 involves him restating his commitment to the game, with statements that both this particular project and BioWare as an entity remain in the good graces of EA despite some stumbles:

IP lives for generations, and runs in these seven to ten year cycles. So, if I think about Anthem on a seven to ten year cycle, it may not have had the start that many of us wanted, including our players. I feel like that team is really going to get there with something special and something great, because they’ve demonstrated that they can.

Wilson explained that the core issue with the game at launch was the disconnect between players who wanted the depth of story experience and developing a game that could be played as a consistent long-term persistent experience. He compared overall faith in the studio to Steven Spielberg, however; even if Spielberg makes a movie that doesn’t happen to do as well, you’re still going to bet on the next movie he makes because he has such a long and excellent track record. So it seems that talks of BioWare’s demise may be more than a little premature.

What the BioWare teams are thinking about is that we’re going to build a lot of different types of games. We’re going to have our core BioWare audience that’s been with us for a really long time. There are kids today who are 12 years old who weren’t around when BioWare started making games… and they have different expectations of what a BioWare game should be in the context of the world they’ve grown up in. As a result of that, BioWare has to evolve and has to expand and has to test the elasticity of that brand. The teams at BioWare will continue to come to work every day and listen to their players old and new and seek to deliver on the promises they’ve made to those players. That’s what you’re seeing with Anthem today.

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Natalyia

I feel like I’ll wait to pay EA for Anthem until it reaches the point in it’s seven-to-ten year cycle where it’s not disappointing players. Or vanishes into the mists of time, in which case I’ll have saved money.

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Michael Hawes

am I the only one who thought the story was garbage, it’s crazy I thought combat was pretty cool but the loot ,the store and the story was horrendous. There were moments where I was in awe on how disjointed the story felt,

also the store was really bad like the worst I ever seen an in game store , I feel like I got swindled out of my money but live and learn.

sadly now I have no hope for DA4 to be good or even released

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Danny Smith

Naturally nobody with a sound mind believes this when Ea’s modus operandi is “buy up competition, exhaust it and run it into the ground then shut it down”. The ‘Mythic Bog’ meme exists for a reason afterall.

The question of course in this case is why say it at all.

Anthem is a failure. Lets rip the bandaid off and call it what it is. Every publisher wants to ‘get GaaS’ed’ nowadays. If you’ve seen the stuff recently about the new Square Enix avengers game being made into a live service later in development “because SE wanted a live service game and threw the directive at anything that could fit the bill and with Avengers it stuck”. They are games designed at their most benign to “keep the player in our ecosystem”. Games you only have to make and market once but you can keep people playing constantly while pumping out “surprise monetary based mirth enrichment vectors” or whatever EA wants to call microtransactions this week while using cross promotions to keep them advertising other titles. Its basically everything Ubisoft puts out nowadays.

Anthem was intended to be that. Its not. It sold less than half its expected sales numbers. Of those 3 million sales it has an estimated 9000 players left worldwide across all platforms. Its had one content update of a single stronghold and everything else has been a handfull of hotfixes and new items on their cash shop.
Its reputation is garbage, Bioware sounds like its burning to the ground internally and as much as people screech “just ARR it!” its a new IP with no level of brand loyalty from an existing fanbase to leverage that on and validate such a cost in time and resources. It came out dead on arrival and nothings going to salvage that. Bioware fans know they have another Dragon Age coming. People who like loot shooters have a situation where no matter which alternative you pick its a better option and i haven’t seen a soul confidently say this game will still be around in a year when IP’s at EA like Dead Space have died quicker deaths for less and where much more profitable for the publisher.

So you gotta wonder why bother with the shill nobody in the room believes? trying to make it look like they still have their finger on button for chasing the GaaS meme to shareholders? some two game agreement with Bioware where they get DA4 as long as Anthem gets support? or basic damage control as expected going through the motions?

Its EA at the end of the day so my default reaction is basically ‘i know you are lying, i’m just not sure what you gain out of this particular lie given your track record of behaviour’.

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Kayweg

Here’s the thing, and i’m not saying it will happen, but EA is perfectly capable of coming out with reaffirming statements, and then dismantle a studio the next minute.
And what the heck is “i feel like” supposed to cover ?
Sounds like a backdoor to axe BioWare anyway should his “feeling” turn out to be wrong.
“Because they have demonstrated that they can” sounds foreboding to me, so BioWare are currently just allowed to keep going because of past merits ?
I doubt that anyone at BW considers this Wilson statement a very reassuring one.

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Bruno Brito

Well, when you follow a horse, you do eventually get there, but the something you have for show isn’t that special. It’s actually pretty shitty.

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Alex Hyer

SURE BRUH

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Jack Pipsam

I know I shouldn’t, but I feel personally embarrassed by Andrew Wilson.

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Rolan Storm

It is fatalistic. Why be shy about it? It is quite founded.

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Bannex

‘I feel…’ statements when not referring to how somebody is actually feeling are almost never true and usually have no evidence behind the claim.

Why provide examples or factual support when you’ve got a feeling!?

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McGuffn

Tonight’s gonna be a good good night.

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Dug From The Earth

I remember when companies felt this way about a game BEFORE it was actually released