“We do not ignore any feedback from players,” says community manager Jesse Anderson.
Anthem’s launch hasn’t gone as smoothly as BioWare and EA would have hoped it would. After being met with lukewarm reviews at best, the game had less than stellar sales (at least at launch), which was followed by several baffling issues with core aspects of the experience, from loot drops to weapons, to even some major console crashes.
It’s no surprise then that the community is unhappy with the state of the game (and the state of BioWare). Recently, a thread went up on Reddit from a user talking about several such issues in great detail, but in response, BioWare’s community manager Jesse Anderson assured fans that the studio is constantly working toward implementing player feedback and making sure that the game is improved upon as much as it can be, before stating that Anthem is “here to stay”.
“For feedback, we’ve made a large number of changes based on what players have told us,” Anderson said on the matter of implementing player feedback, in his lengthy reply. “Not wanting to run to the Forge every time to launch an expedition? We added the ability to launch anywhere in Fort Tarsis, that was because of player feedback. Wanted to visually see loot drop from bosses in Strongholds? Added because of player feedback.
“If you are talking about feedback on loot in general (and I’m pretty sure you are) I’ve already said that the team is discussing and that more will be likely be shared in the coming days. I know everyone wants to know when, but I don’t have that answer. We do not ignore any feedback from players, sometimes it just takes a bit longer as things need to be discussed for a longer time. We don’t want to say something we can’t do or give incorrect information. Like Chad Robertson said in a Tweet, we aren’t happy with where loot is either, so know that it’s high on our priority list.”
“Know that I relay the feedback from the community to the team on ALL of these issues,” he added later. “The team is aware, and they are doing a lot of work to address these concerns.
“All I’ll say on this is that Anthem is here to stay. Do we have a lot of work to do to fix parts of the game? Yes, and the team is committed to making improvements and releasing new content.”
“The team is listening to all of your feedback for Anthem on how you’d like to see the game improve, or how you’d like to see us engage with the community differently,” Anderson said in conclusion. “I know that players want to see updates faster, but these things can take time to make sure they are done right. We’re very appreciative of this community and look forward to the days, weeks, months and years ahead.”
BioWare released a roadmap for their upcoming planned content updates to Anthem not too long ago, which will include new missions, freeplay events, Strongholds, and more, so they do indeed have things planned for the game as they attempt to turn the ship around. Whether or not they’re successful in their attempts to do so is something that remains to be seen, but for now, all we can do is wait.
Anthem is currently available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.