Anthem - EA’s next PR disaster after BF 5

Damn, I thought we were gonna discuss the Ayn Rand novella. At only like 70 pages it's one of her shortest (and as a result straight to the point and light on sperging) work.

Not a Randroid by any means but it's her one work I recommend as general social science fiction.
I prefer “Atlas Shrugged,” because it’s so batshit insane.
 
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The joke of it was that the first demo was for Origin Access subscribers, so they knew the max amount of people they could potentially have and didn't even bother to prep for it. The next iteration had pre-order owners, again, known numbers. They still didn't prep for it.

"We expect 1 billion players and 10 trillion dollars."

*servers explode*

"WHY IS THIS HAPPENING"

That's how fucking cheap they are. They know exactly how many people they have and they prep the bare minimum. The devs should be paid according to these numbers, in which I think the Publisher feels 15 people will buy it.
 

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I think EA has pretty much lost all of its ability to make an interesting game. So it's a very hard pass from me.

I think the last EA game I bought for myself with true and honest enthusiasm (as in not merely picking it up for someone else) was the original Dead Space, and even back then, interesting EA games have been very few and far between. I legit can't wait for this company to go down entirely, even fucking Activision can occasionally come up with a game that interests me (Crash trilogy remake).

It's an absolute shame what EA is doing to game studios, that's the real loss here imo. Like them or not, Bioware used to be a very talented and capable studio, so was Visceral Games, and Westwood, and Pandemic and and and..etc etc.
 

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Most of the time the near-death of a studio EA acquired is sad to me, but I'm honestly anticipating EA finally putting Bioware out of its misery.

Anthem looks like a dumb Destiny clone with shallow-as-shit worldbuilding for the Bioware name. This is clearly a franchise motivated by "I want that!" demands from EA than a genuine creative effort by whatever remnants of classic Bioware are still employed by the studio.
 

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I have absolutely no interest in buying this game and although I realize it'll totally fuck over the people at Bioware, I kind of want this game to bomb simply because of EA's incredibly shit business practices.

That said, there is a free public demo available this weekend (Feb 1 - Feb 3) from 12:00p on Friday to 9:00pm Sunday in case you want to give it a whirl. I think I'll try it out, again because it's free, but the install size of the demo alone is a beefy 23GB. To give you some comparison, that's a bigger install size than the RE2 remake.
 

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I think EA has pretty much lost all of its ability to make an interesting game. So it's a very hard pass from me.

I think the last EA game I bought for myself with true and honest enthusiasm (as in not merely picking it up for someone else) was the original Dead Space, and even back then, interesting EA games have been very few and far between. I legit can't wait for this company to go down entirely, even fucking Activision can occasionally come up with a game that interests me (Crash trilogy remake).

It's an absolute shame what EA is doing to game studios, that's the real loss here imo. Like them or not, Bioware used to be a very talented and capable studio, so was Visceral Games, and Westwood, and Pandemic and and and..etc etc.
Thankfully the wider industry seems to have wised up to this, and there's been a lot less acquisitions by EA in recent years. They went after the remains of THQ back in the day and the administrators basically considered them an asset stripper and told them to go fuck themselves with any offer they made.

Ubisoft would absorb the lions share, mostly because for all their shitty practises as a company they tend to let creative people come forward to try shit out (See the story of Davide Soliani). They've also generally handled the IPs and studios they absorbed semi-well.
 

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I have absolutely no interest in buying this game and although I realize it'll totally fuck over the people at Bioware, I kind of want this game to bomb simply because of EA's incredibly shit business practices.

That said, there is a free public demo available this weekend (Feb 1 - Feb 3) from 12:00p on Friday to 9:00pm Sunday in case you want to give it a whirl. I think I'll try it out, again because it's free, but the install size of the demo alone is a beefy 23GB. To give you some comparison, that's a bigger install size than the RE2 remake.
Don't feel bad for the people at BioWare for this game bombing. They were fucked the second they were bought by EA.
 

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Only something that costs over 100 million dollars can be this generic looking.
So this piece of shit cost that much?

I still believe EA games is a money laundry facade, just like Franchise Pictures. No way this garbage has the same budget of fucking Red Dead Redemption. Half the money went directly to the execs wallets, it's a fucking fraud.
 

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So this piece of shit cost that much?

I still believe EA games is a money laundry facade, just like Franchise Pictures. No way this garbage has the same budget of fucking Red Dead Redemption. Half the money went directly to the execs wallets, it's a fucking fraud.
I can iminge this game having a budget that high. If they have gone through rework time and time again, the cost will go up. Don't forget incompetence in using the asset. That is what happend to ME:A, as the team was had to change the engine late in development, had to rush everything and so.
 

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The original owners left and are now releasing remaster of old bioware games, tho.
They can still get fucked for selling their company to the devil. "Hey, remember when we actually struggled for our art and didn't guzzle cock for large amounts of money? Buy our old shit!"

So this piece of shit cost that much?

I still believe EA games is a money laundry facade, just like Franchise Pictures. No way this garbage has the same budget of fucking Red Dead Redemption. Half the money went directly to the execs wallets, it's a fucking fraud.
It's a stockbroker's laundering game. Allegedly it's a plan for EA's future monetisation of the game long term, with sequels and support currently penned in for a decade or more.

So we know how this is going to pan out.

EA's also really taken a beating in the last year due to their hideous fuck ups on both Battlefront 2 and Battlefield 5, with their stock price losing around 50% of it's value since July Last year, and is only just starting to recover now.

(In comparison, Ubisoft has lost a grand total of 25%.)
 

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Thankfully the wider industry seems to have wised up to this, and there's been a lot less acquisitions by EA in recent years. They went after the remains of THQ back in the day and the administrators basically considered them an asset stripper and told them to go fuck themselves with any offer they made.

Ubisoft would absorb the lions share, mostly because for all their shitty practises as a company they tend to let creative people come forward to try shit out (See the story of Davide Soliani). They've also generally handled the IPs and studios they absorbed semi-well.
After The Witcher 3 got released CD Projekt Red spent millions buying back their own stock which I suspect was partially to ward off companies like EA.
 

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After The Witcher 3 got released CD Projekt Red spent millions buying back their own stock which I suspect was partially to ward off companies like EA.
That and the Polish Govt basically told them to, with Witcher 3 they were declared a National Champion, so something that can be semi-protected in the EU. The cultural and economic impact CDPR had has been pretty significant, with a lot of people now eagerly awaiting their next game.

Meanwhile, as Warframe was mentioned upthread, they've fired some shots:

 

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What strikes me is that it wasn't so long ago a game like Anthem would've had everyone furiously masturbating, but here in 2019 it feels like a game from 2009. The core thinking behind it is rapidly going obsolete, and I think the alarmingly tepid reception drives home that people are tired of it.

It should be very concerning to every AAA publisher when "traditional blockbusters" like Anthem are getting shrugs while more forward thinking titles like Cyberpunk 2077, God of War, The Last of Us, Resident Evil 2 and Death Stranding are capturing an ever-growing portion of the industry's critical and consumer attention.
 
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