That line from Wilson about allowing fans to "play early" is actually garnering a good amount of online attention now, as people are trying to figure out what it means. With microtransactions nearly certainly finding their way into games like Anthem and the upcoming Battlefield title, EA puts less emphasis on total game sales than it did in the past - instead, cultivating a community of players into recurrent spenders now drives revenue.
Anthem aims to be both a multiplayer game and a proper BioWare experience.
Dragon Age Inquisition was a huge success for Bioware, drawing in new fans as well as satisfying old ones.
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"We're deeply excited to launch this brand new franchise, and equally excited to work with our players to make Anthem a game they can't wait to play and share with their friends for years to come".
"I think the reason people are concerned about whether these things are possible in a multiplayer game is because it just hasn't been solved well before", he said. "There were, understandably, some questions and concerns about the story in multiplayer". "We are very pleased with the progress of our new action IP from BioWare - the design is stunning, gameplay mechanics are excellent, and the action will be exhilarating", EA said in its Fiscal Year 2017 earnings call. We think it creates a unique experience where you have control over your own story, but your story is set in an ever-changing multiplayer world.
Hudson writes, "We're trying something really different here". Later in the year, Laidlaw announced he was leaving BioWare, so it's possible this new game Hudson is teasing was the next Dragon Age, but has since been refocused into something else. "And that's one of the hardest things about making games-continuing to innovate and evolve, while staying true to expectations players have from previous experiences".
These fans are anxious that Anthem's development and maintenance will prevent other BioWare video games from coming out, and worries that EA will shove microtransactions into the game are also a fear.