The Anthem live services will apparently be coming out after the game launches, meaning that BioWare and EA will be waiting for a while before putting in the various microtransactions and other sorts of live services that will be coming with a Destiny or Division-like game when it actually launches.
Considering the massive amount of uproar that microtransactions have gotten in the past few years, including Destiny 2’s Bright Engrams and the infamous microtransactions of Star Wars Battlefront 2, EA is likely making sure that they don’t tip their hand too early and can actually allow the game to get a fanbase.
Anthem is BioWare’s next big game, and its first original IP in several years. While Mass Effect Andromeda didn’t go over well and was developed by a variety of newer employees in two different studios, Anthem has been given over to BioWare’s A-team, even though numerous big names in the studio have left in the intervening years.
EA’s Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen has said that Anthem will likely not just impact this year, but also the coming year, and he hopes that the game will be even more successful as the Anthem live services start to roll out.
A lot of gamers have their eyes on EA, suspicious that the company will end up ruining Anthem the same way that they did with Battlefront 2, which launched with horrible sales due to the controversy of large amounts of pay to win-style microtransactions related to heroes. While sales of the game recovered, and the microtransactions are now more cosmetic-focused, Anthem live services are still being closely watched.
EA seems to have learned its lesson about microtransactions with Anthem, but that remains to be seen. We’ll likely have to wait until they implement the live services into the game.
Anthem will be releasing on the Xbox One, PC, and Playstation 4 in March of next year.