Think back to early 2019, specifically January 25th and the release of EA/ Bioware’s Anthem.
Then hyped up to be a groundbreaking sci-fi co-op experience or the “Destiny Killer” , the game suffered upon release due to a majority of the previewed game being downsized or removed entirely to comply with tight release schedules and development constraints. Many players feeling they didn’t get what they paid for quickly left the game and the player base plummeted leaving a small-dedicated group of freelancers to try and keep the game afloat.
After reaching out to the members of the subreddit, a few of them told me what they thought about the current state of the game, on of which was the user Faidren who summed it up pretty perfectly:
“Basically, we believe in this game’s potential. I started the #IBelieveInAnthem because of EA’s fastly approaching decision to cancel the game or to continue it. Anthem is a unique game there isn’t any other game quite like it on the market right now. It’s criticisms are all warranted but we all feel the game never got a chance to reach its potential.
So now we’re spreading the word in any way we can in hopes that EA will hear our desire for Anthem to continue. The biggest piece of this story is the support from other gaming communities. For the first time in a long time gamers are uniting around a flawed game despite its problems and are showing what positivity can really do. The community has taken one of the most reviled games in recent history and turned it into one of its most beloved.”
The #IBelieveinAnthem movement started after a Bloomberg report (found here) that EA executives would be holding a meeting later in the week about whether to fully commit to the plans for Anthem 2.0 or Anthem Next as it is otherwise known or to abandon the project entirely. Obviously, if EA decided to nix the plans for relaunch, it will be safe to say that Anthem is dead in the water, but it looks like the gaming community is ready to do down fighting.
A quick scroll through the r/AnthemTheGame subreddit will reveal dozens of posts from members of other communities standing with Freelancers (the players of Anthem) to save their game. From Kingdom Hearts, Destiny, Paragon, Overwatch, Red Dead Redemption 2, and many others, support is overflowing for Bioware to not give up on the title.
Past updates about the state of Anthem 2.0 quoted that about 30 members of the dev team are currently working on the game. To get the ball rolling, it is estimated that the number will have to be triple that to make any real progress. With Bioware currently working on other main series titles, it will take the collective support of the community to convince them and EA that Anthem deserves this second chance.