It has been three months since BioWare’s Anthem has been out and already it seems like Microsoft did a better job with the highly controversial Mass Effect 3 in the same time span.
Even though both Mass Effect 3 and Anthem were developed by the same studio—BioWare—within the three months of its release, Mass Effect 3 received better content. Anthem, on the other hand, is a game that just hasn’t quite gotten a break ever since its rocky release. It seems all the game ever got was controversy after controversy and massive backlash from players due to its broken loot system.
When Mass Effect 3 was released, it wasn’t pitched as a game that will continue to get services and content even after its release. But within three months of its release, BioWare pushed out the following for Mass Effect 3:
- 12 new multiplayer kits, with new powers
- 4 new maps
- 6 new guns
- 18 new passive pieces of gear
Not only that, but when fans demanded a better ending for Mass Effect 3, BioWare pushed out a DLC that completely reworked it.
On the other hand, BioWare touted Anthem to be a live-services, constantly evolving, and always improving the game but here is what BioWare has released for it in three months:
- 0 new javelins.
- 0 new gear pieces.
- A handful of passive components.
- Only 1 new stronghold.
The most amazing fact is that Mass Effect 3 got all of this content for free but Anthem which was actually sold as a “live-services” game hasn’t even gotten half of the content. Mass Effect 3 also had better content in terms of quality. Bioware’s Anthem, on the other hand, got worse and worse after each update or addition.
BioWare has even decided to delay most of the upcoming content from Anthem’s 90-day roadmap.
BioWare has tried to apologize and to come up with ways to make it up to fans regarding Anthem’s poor performance. They apparently are still committed to the game even if the senior project leads have move on to other projects:
“We remain 100% committed to Anthem and look forward to showing players the new content we are working on.”
The majority of Anthem players have already abandoned the game so it will be interesting to see if BioWare manages to fix the game and bring those players back.