Toxicity in multiplayer games has been a long-standing problem. Gamers are worried about the toxicity in Anthem since it is a multiplayer title. However, Bioware has assured that it has plans to eliminate toxicity in Anthem.
According to senior system designer Chris Schmidt, Bioware is prepared to deal with Toxicity. He added that it will be a difficult task before launch since they don’t know how much toxicity will there be in the community.
He noted that there are “a few moving parts” to the issue of toxicity with first being an identification and punishment of the ones causing toxicity in Anthem. He added that since he his not the part of customer experience team, he can’t say much about it.
The general toxicity question is a great one. There has been quite a bit of talk about this recently in game development, led by the Fair Play Alliance. There are some great learnings about methods to combat toxicity that have been shared by several studios for the greater good. The tricky part is before you launch the game you don’t really know how much toxicity will surface in your player community.
Schmidt further talked about some specific steps that Bioware will take to deal with Toxicity in Anthem. The first step will be to study and apply the methods which have been successful eliminating it.
The approach we have been taking is a proactive one: studying best practices and success stories around the game industry and applying some of those in Anthem,” he continued. “I can’t really speak to details at this point, but I’m working with a holistic plan with the ability to both be proactive and reactive to whatever flavor of community standards settle in around Anthem.
Speaking of the game, Anthem is the first game from Bioware to be a fully multiplayer one. This is the very reason when gamers talk about Anthem they talk about its gameplay, unlike previous Bioware titles.
According to the studio, putting gameplay ahead of the narrative is very invigorating. But, noted that it is still a priority for Bioware to tell compelling stories and Anthem is the result of this combination.
It’s very refreshing, it’s invigorating. And usually, when you talk about a Mass Effect or a Dragon Age, people invariably end up talking about the plots or the points, and it’s very refreshing, when people talk about Anthem, they talk about flying or fighting monsters, or the gear, the Javelins, and it’s been a great opportunity for us to put gameplay first.
Anthem is a multiplayer action game in development at Bioware. The game is set to release on February 22, 2019, for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.