Anthem Considered Going Free-to-Play But Didn’t Like How It Hurt Players
The open demo for Anthem has finally arrived, which means players everywhere now have a chance to jump into the new world created by BioWare. With the official launch only a few weeks away, many are anticipating something beautiful and epic from the studio.
That said, we’re still learning more and more about the development of Anthem, the latest of which being the fact that BioWare was considering making it free-to-play. In a recent interview with EDGE Magazine, game director Jonathan Warner discussed many things about the upcoming title, including the possibility of it being F2P. “We discussed a free-to-play model early on,” he said. “It just wasn’t a direction that the company was moving in – BioWare or EA.”
Lead Producer Ben Irving chimed in, adding “If you go free-to-play, you still have to have a profitable business or we can’t continue to do an amazing live service for all our players. So what would you really be trading if you gave the game away for free? There’s all that money you’d have to make to be profitable. And so then you get into the territory of being less player-generous.”
I think in the triple-A space, people are more comfortable paying the entry fee and then having a great player-generous model with no paid DLC, and optional vanity items that you can earn in-game currency to buy anyway.”
While Anthem does have microtransactions, it’s worth noting that they are purely cosmetic. With EA being in hot water over Star Wars Battlefront II and the like, it’s understandable that players might proceed with caution. Just remember that crafting gear and upgrading it will come with in-game progress, and it won’t depend on how much money you throw at your screen.
Anthem is set to launch on February 22nd for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Keep it tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers as this story develops, and for other gaming goodness going on right now, check out the following:
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What say you, gamers? Are you glad that BioWare chose not to go the free-to-play route with Anthem? If they had, would you still be interested in the game? Sound off in the comments section below, and be sure to follow DFTG on Twitter for live gaming and entertainment news 24/7!
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Eric is an editor and writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he is not staring at a computer screen filled with text, he is usually staring at a computer screen filled with controllable animations. Today's youth call this gaming. He also likes to shoot things. With a camera, of course.