Thursday, January 25th 2018

BioWare's Anthem Likely Delayed Until 2019

Anthem, BioWare's upcoming always-on RPG that's being made as a Destiny contender, has been delayed until 2019, according to industry insiders (and as reported by Kotaku). The pressure on BioWare's team to deliver a killer co-op online shooter experience with integrated microtransactions' release is apparently being pushed to allow the team more time to avoid Destiny 2's and Star Wars battlefront 2's shortcomings. The tentative release data that had been previously advanced of Fall 2018 was apparently never a realistic goal, anyway. It remains to be seen whether BioWare can carve itself the halo co-op, single-player driven online game, as it strives to avoid missteps such as those that have already been hit, full stride, by other developers.

Source: Kotaku
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33 Comments on BioWare's Anthem Likely Delayed Until 2019

#1
StrayKAT
Bioware used to be pretty good at both. Personally, I think ME2 was their last great game (at least ME2 gameplay was great on Insanity difficulty. The story was basically the Blues Brothers plot, but it's HOW they went about it that made it badass).

edit: That was actually the last game EA had nothing to do with too. Although Bioware did sell themselves to EA mid-development and EA published it, they didn't have a hand in development.
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FrustratedGarrett
All these new games are style over substance. Polygon count and nice shiny multi-layered textures don't make a good game. Every one of these new games is following a formula that's been overused for over a decade now, to the letter. Combat mechanics have barely changed over the past 15 years. Physics simulation is still awful in games. AI is seriously bad and it doesn't look like it's gonna get any better anytime soon. And to top it all, we now have the cultural engineers invading the video game industry.
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#3
NC37
StrayKAT said:
I hope Bioware just dies already. Although I'd rather this not be delayed too much. I want to see it launched... and then bomb.

This coming from a former Bioware fanboy. :p

This game doesn't even seem very Bioware-like anyways. They've lost so many people who made the past games that it's only natural, I guess.
Agreed. EA destroyed another studio. Better to just put a bullet in it now than watch it squirm in pain and gasping for breath.
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Prince Valiant said:
I miss when games were meant to be fun.
You're not thinking straight and it shows. Few things are more fun than microtransactions for the one that rakes in the cash.
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Upgrayedd
Mannn I kinda wanted to see this game be something cool and fun. Is this the game they were talking about with the AI based loot and guide?
The only thing I don't like about loot games like The Division and Destiny is the bullet sponges. Don't like feeling like im shooting a pellet gun.
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TheinsanegamerN
I agree with everyone calling on bioware's death. The fact the studio was put onto an EA project rather then their own game series was enough evidence that bioware was following maxis to their doom.

Meh, at least we wont miss much. Anyone worth their weight at bioware left years ago when the founders deserted.
FrustratedGarrett said:
All these new games are style over substance. Polygon count and nice shiny multi-layered textures don't make a good game. Every one of these new games is following a formula that's been overused for over a decade now, to the letter. Combat mechanics have barely changed over the past 15 years. Physics simulation is still awful in games. AI is seriously bad and it doesn't look like it's gonna get any better anytime soon. And to top it all, we now have the cultural engineers invading the video game industry.
Thankfully we still have GoG around. Old games on both PC and console are cheap and offer far more fulfilling gameplay then modern games do.
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TheinsanegamerN said:
Thankfully we still have GoG around. Old games on both PC and console are cheap and offer far more fulfilling gameplay then modern games do.
+1
The only AAA titles I have bought on launch/preordered were Witcher 2 and 3. I still have a long queue of titles bought on GOG pending, that's enough gaming for me.
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#8
kn00tcn
not bothering to read the comment noise, but the source never said 'microtransaction riddin' (why is the pinned top of TPU a different more sensationalist title than the current news post title!?)

the source mentioned multiple reasons & pressures, microtransactions were or are intended to be cosmetic only, the way they should be
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