BioWare's Anthem has officially become the worst-reviewed game for the developer. The recently released online MMORPG takes players to a world abandoned by the gods, who left behind mysterious items called the tools of creation. One of those tools is the Anthem of Creation, which is responsible for the majority of what exists in that world, from technology to phenomena. An evil group called the Dominion wants the Anthem of Creation for itself and will stop at no lengths to possess it.
In Anthem, players take on the roles of Freelancers and go on missions that will eventually help them stop the Dominion. Freelancers wear Javelins, or exosuits, with customizable sets of skills and abilities. Although the premise of the game sounds exciting, BioWare still had its share of struggles with the title's release, most notably due to its complicated and awkward release schedule that confused gamers.
Now that Anthem has released, BioWare has plans for what happens after players complete the main story. However, it seems that this might not be enough to keep players interested. It's not just players, though, that have issues with the game. Reviews have been lackluster, too. According to Metacritic, Anthem is the worst-reviewed game in the history of BioWare, with a total of just 60. Although story is usually BioWare's strong suit with its games, many critics blasted the poor storytelling in Anthem. Others criticized it for its lack of content, while some reviewers just called it mediocre and even dull.
What's even more disturbing is that this is the second game in a row for BioWare that has not received a great reception. Its previous title, Mass Effect: Andromeda, is now the second worst-reviewed game for the studio, with a 72 on Metacritic. Is this a trend that signals the beginning of the end for BioWare? Many fans would blame publisher EA for pushing games through the studio that aren't ready yet or still need a lot of work. But it's BioWare's name on these titles, and the company's reputation is now on the line.
Fortunately, it seems that the success, or failure, of Anthem won't affect other BioWare titles in production, including the much-anticipated Dragon Age 4 that was announced at the 2018 Game Awards. As far as believing that EA is ruining the studio, though, it's good to remember BioWare released the excellent Dragon Age: Inquisition under EA's banner. But as far as Anthem and Mass Effect: Andromeda go, there's not much else that BioWare can do to save face.