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BioWare's Casey Hudson Acknowledges that the Anthem Launch Was 'Rougher Than Expected' - MMORPG.com

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imageBioWare's Casey Hudson Acknowledges that the Anthem Launch Was 'Rougher Than Expected' - MMORPG.com

BioWare's General Manager Casey Hudson has written a new blog on the company's site to provide his insight into the post launch of Anthem. "On the one hand, it's been a rougher launch than expected. But then as I think back, we also knew that big new online games tend to hit some kind of problem once they go live," he wrote. He indicates that the team could not "see" the issues until the game was "operating at the scale of millions of players".

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  • ShinobeShinobe Member UncommonPosts: 78
    And they still dont get it.

    The technical issues where not the biggest problems many people had with Anthem.
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  • AeanderAeander Member LegendaryPosts: 4,952
    In the same way that the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger was rougher than expected. 
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  • BloodaxesBloodaxes Member RarePosts: 4,156
    He indicates that the team could not "see" the issues until the game was "operating at the scale of millions of players"
    Yea right.
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  • Riqqy82Riqqy82 Member UncommonPosts: 82
    i think these companies hire 1 person with a talent, and than a bunch of people who would fit in with monkeys, i wish all these truly talented developers would just merge into one good solid company and produce for all player bases. Directors, financing, and degrees are ruining the world and have now penetrated the only escape us plebs have.

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  • AlbatroesAlbatroes Member LegendaryPosts: 6,695
    edited March 19
    "We were, of course, very disappointed about that, as were many of you."

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  • TillerTiller Member EpicPosts: 8,263
    I don't remember KOTOR having a rough start.
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  • BakgrindBakgrind Member UncommonPosts: 410

    Bloodaxes said:

    He indicates that the team could not "see" the issues until the game was "operating at the scale of millions of players"
    Yea right.



    I guess next time they need to have that beta test further away from the actual launch date.
  • EponyxDamorEponyxDamor Member RarePosts: 726
    I applaud BioWare for acknowledging the game had a rough start, and even moreso for their eagerness to fix the issues. At the end of the day, though, the game still feels very technically buggy. If I could enjoy the game play without the myriad of technical difficulties, it would make a huge difference. I hope these will eventually be fixed, but the number of times I've seen an issue addressed as fixed in the patch notes and then log in to see it still in full effect really disappoints me.
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  • FlyByKnightFlyByKnight Member EpicPosts: 3,967
    There was no problem.

    It was just people who didn't spend $59.99 to play the game for 100 hrs forcing themselves to ignore the obvious. They all conspired to put bad juju in the air about Anthem and their negative energy broke the game.

    Casey Hudson is being mind controlled by people who don't play Anthem. Don't be fooled.
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  • MisterZebubMisterZebub Member LegendaryPosts: 3,584
    So this is what you get when you have a developer known for single player games create one from scratch that is an always online multiplayer game. Now fine there's nothing wrong with branching out and trying new ideas, but EA already has a ton of capable multiplayer developers in their stable, I've no idea why they decided Bioware needed to go this route. I also have to ponder how much more money they spent on Anthem's development, and how much less profit they've made, than they would have if they'd just gone and made another story driven RPG single player game.
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  • parrotpholkparrotpholk Member EpicPosts: 4,602
    Because they were not told any of this during the demos or anything...o yeah thats right we were playing a super old version that had the same problems as the super new version.

    Tech issues have been a biggie but not nearly like the repetitive gameplay or loot issues.

  • psiicpsiic Member RarePosts: 1,612
    They intentionally released a game they KNEW was broken and unplayable on many machines, but they did it anyway. That is FRAUD period. They should be facing criminal charges. Until publishers are charged, prosecuted, convicted, and sent to prison, for their continued criminal fraud and conspiracies this industry will continue to deteriorate. People should not sit quiet for this, they should be contacted the consumer fraud departments of their state Attorney Generals office and demanding criminal charges be filed against game publishers. It's even deeper its organized crime when a game publishers pays hundreds of streamers to lie about a game to generate inflated sales numbers that makes it a criminal conspiracy and the streamers as well as the publishers need to be sent to prison.
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  • blueturtle13blueturtle13 Member LegendaryPosts: 11,878
    psiic said:
    They intentionally released a game they KNEW was broken and unplayable on many machines, but they did it anyway. That is FRAUD period. They should be facing criminal charges. Until publishers are charged, prosecuted, convicted, and sent to prison, for their continued criminal fraud and conspiracies this industry will continue to deteriorate. People should not sit quiet for this, they should be contacted the consumer fraud departments of their state Attorney Generals office and demanding criminal charges be filed against game publishers. It's even deeper its organized crime when a game publishers pays hundreds of streamers to lie about a game to generate inflated sales numbers that makes it a criminal conspiracy and the streamers as well as the publishers need to be sent to prison.
    As long as a group of people (players) can be shown to have a positive experience with the product released it is not grounds for fraud. This is not criminal in any way. 
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  • cmacqcmacq Member UncommonPosts: 242
    psiic said:
    They intentionally released a game they KNEW was broken and unplayable on many machines, but they did it anyway. That is FRAUD period. They should be facing criminal charges. Until publishers are charged, prosecuted, convicted, and sent to prison, for their continued criminal fraud and conspiracies this industry will continue to deteriorate. People should not sit quiet for this, they should be contacted the consumer fraud departments of their state Attorney Generals office and demanding criminal charges be filed against game publishers. It's even deeper its organized crime when a game publishers pays hundreds of streamers to lie about a game to generate inflated sales numbers that makes it a criminal conspiracy and the streamers as well as the publishers need to be sent to prison.
    Wow someone takes this shit way too seriously. You folks remember the dumpster fire that was D3 when it was released? How long did it take to get that squared away? It wasn't really a proper game until ROS, although I realize the masochists loved the old infernal level with zero drops, they are/were a minority by far.
  • laseritlaserit Member LegendaryPosts: 6,166
    So this is what you get when you have a developer known for single player games create one from scratch that is an always online multiplayer game. Now fine there's nothing wrong with branching out and trying new ideas, but EA already has a ton of capable multiplayer developers in their stable, I've no idea why they decided Bioware needed to go this route. I also have to ponder how much more money they spent on Anthem's development, and how much less profit they've made, than they would have if they'd just gone and made another story driven RPG single player game.
    They do have MMORPG experience, I don't think the always online multiplayer has to do with any issues.

    This was an interesting read:

    https://www.pcgamer.com/anthems-original-story-sounded-amazing-and-much-more-interesting/
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  • 3dom3dom Member RarePosts: 827
    edited March 19
    It would be surprising if launching looter-shooter without loot part wasn't rough. Despite all the effort from the devs people still report ~1 legendary item per 40 hours of post-patch gameplay, one month after release.

    It look like the devs never heard of QA testing and / or actually scrapped the game together just couple months before release. Remember how it was still officially in alpha in November/December? Beta-testing normally takes at least six months - yet they've scheduled mid-February release.
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  • WizardryWizardry Member LegendaryPosts: 16,616
    One poster got it right in here.

    I did not like what i saw BEFORE the game went live,BEFORE any problems were revealed,it looked cheap,lack of depth and effort,it looked like a computer game and nothing more.
    When i jump into a game,i like to feel like i just entered a world and not a computer  screen.
    I don't know what the influence was for the design,but they should stop with that line of thinking lol.

    You know what mech robots have for personalities....NOTHING.Just a costume to drop down out of the sky  once in awhile and shoot stuff and if bored of drop zoning and flying over empty space,we have......Dungeons...YAY !!!.
    The design for this game was about as inspiring as watching the neighbour cut the grass.

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  • GruntyGrunty Member EpicPosts: 8,657
    Actually I am quite grateful when my neighbor cuts my grass.
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  • LastlaughlolLastlaughlol Member UncommonPosts: 107
    Who wouldve thought that a game with 10 hr campaign and no end game was gonna be shit?

    Stop lying you, just admit you released an unfinished game, and charged full price.
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  • Octagon7711Octagon7711 Member LegendaryPosts: 8,870
    The part that surprised me was when they run the cut scene of getting into the armor, there are zero special effects going on inside.  All you see is a steel wall closing in front of you, with no inside tech.  At least Tony had JARVIS.

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  • ScotScot Member LegendaryPosts: 12,193
    Rough as expected, they were told by EA to launch it, gotta keep the shareholders happy.
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  • odysseus033odysseus033 Member UncommonPosts: 26
    This is why you don't have your open beta and stress tests a few weeks before launch.
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    psiic said:

    They intentionally released a game they KNEW was broken and unplayable on many machines, but they did it anyway. That is FRAUD period. They should be facing criminal charges. Until publishers are charged, prosecuted, convicted, and sent to prison, for their continued criminal fraud and conspiracies this industry will continue to deteriorate. People should not sit quiet for this, they should be contacted the consumer fraud departments of their state Attorney Generals office and demanding criminal charges be filed against game publishers. It's even deeper its organized crime when a game publishers pays hundreds of streamers to lie about a game to generate inflated sales numbers that makes it a criminal conspiracy and the streamers as well as the publishers need to be sent to prison.


    As long as a group of people (players) can be shown to have a positive experience with the product released it is not grounds for fraud. This is not criminal in any way. 



    Yes it is, because they pay these youtubers/streamers a lot of money to play and stream the game and give glowing reviews to boost sales.

    That's why I don't watch any YouTube game videos anymore, since you can't trust them.
  • blueturtle13blueturtle13 Member LegendaryPosts: 11,878
    JeroKane said:



    psiic said:

    They intentionally released a game they KNEW was broken and unplayable on many machines, but they did it anyway. That is FRAUD period. They should be facing criminal charges. Until publishers are charged, prosecuted, convicted, and sent to prison, for their continued criminal fraud and conspiracies this industry will continue to deteriorate. People should not sit quiet for this, they should be contacted the consumer fraud departments of their state Attorney Generals office and demanding criminal charges be filed against game publishers. It's even deeper its organized crime when a game publishers pays hundreds of streamers to lie about a game to generate inflated sales numbers that makes it a criminal conspiracy and the streamers as well as the publishers need to be sent to prison.


    As long as a group of people (players) can be shown to have a positive experience with the product released it is not grounds for fraud. This is not criminal in any way. 



    Yes it is, because they pay these youtubers/streamers a lot of money to play and stream the game and give glowing reviews to boost sales.

    That's why I don't watch any YouTube game videos anymore, since you can't trust them.
    No it isnt. There is nothing criminal in releasing Anthem. 

    The metrics do not show that games are hits or misses solely on streamer influence. Do they have an effect? Sure, to a segment of the market. Yet not the majority of the market.  

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  • AeanderAeander Member LegendaryPosts: 4,952
    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/paultassi/2019/03/21/here-are-all-the-new-major-changes-coming-to-anthem-from-cosmetic-chests-to-legendary-missions/amp/#scso=_TYmTXI3XB5HysAXf64z4DA16:0

    Here are the upcoming changes. Some pretty nice stuff. Forge loading screens removed. Legendary versions of story missions. Cosmetic rewards from Strongholds. Some gear rebalances. Some quickplay fixes.
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