Online multiplayer action role-playing video game Anthem has officially been relegated to the Electronic Arts’ bargain bin following a highly-problematic launch in February of this year.
Origin Access Basic and EA Access subscribers can now play the standard edition of Anthem for only the cost of either subscription service.
The move has likely been made to inject more player interest into the much-maligned title — but it may be too little too late.
Poor Reviews for Anthem Across the Board
The BioWare-developed and Electronic Arts-published game was largely hammered by critics and users alike when it launched.
The Xbox One version of Anthem currently boasts a sub-par Metascore of 65 on popular review aggregator Metacritic. Its user score is downright dismal at 3.9. Both scores are even worse for the PlayStation 4 version and comparable for the PC version.
Launching As a Glorified Beta Test
Common complaints revolved around the game launching in what some considered to be a glorified beta test — something that has been a theme for many high-profile multiplayer-focused games this generation.
More specific complaints centered around the copious amounts of loading screens (something that may be a thing of the past with the next generation of solid-state drive packing consoles), a clunky and inconvenient user interface and menu system, a lack of quality NPC companions, an uncompelling story, poor mission design, a lifeless hub world, overheating javelins and janky flight controls, and cool-looking-but-overly-flashy combat.
Anthem now joins the like of older EA-published titles on EA Access — including all-but-dead titles like Battlefield Hardline, older versions of FIFA, Madden, NBA Live, and NHL, and the also-much-maligned Mass Effect Andromeda.