*Sigh*... let's talk about Anthem (opens in new tab), shall we? Following the news that key creatives at BioWare had parted ways with the open world shooter (opens in new tab) to go and work on Dragon Age 4 (opens in new tab), the future for what's left of the game's playerbase is looking bleak to say the least, especially after the latest Anthem patch notes (opens in new tab) have done little to help matters.
But the latest rumour – and, to be clear, this rumour is about as verifiable as overhearing a drunk stranger mumbling a sequence of words in a public toilet – has got Anthem fans even more riled up in a mixture of excitement and annoyance over its potential implications.
According to the blog MMOG Fails (opens in new tab), Bioware and EA are considering bringing Anthem to EA Access, the subscription service that lets players enjoy the publisher's diverse portfolio of titles for a monthly fee. Not only that, but the blog post stats that Anthem going free-to-play is "still very much on the table" at present, at least "if patching and EA Access do not give it a much needed boost."
Again, MMOG Fails only cites "a source within EA" to back up these claims, making it hard to verify to say the least, but that hasn't stopped the Anthem community, alongside those who left the game long ago, from having a collective meltdown on Reddit (opens in new tab) over the idea of free-to-play.
It hasn't helped that BioWare – true to form – has remained silent on the subject, while the recent news of EA Access coming to PS4 (opens in new tab) falls in line with these rumours. Indeed, the studio even considered making Anthem free-to-play before launch (opens in new tab), but eventually settled on a paid model under EA's direction.
Certainly, if you're someone who paid full price for Anthem in February, only to experience an unsatisfactory product and then find out that the game would be made free to everyone less than a year later, you'd be angry. Even the idea of the game being made available via EA Access, which seems more likely, would be enough to push some buttons.
We'll have to see if EA or BioWare have anything to announce about Anthem during its E3 2019 schedule (opens in new tab) next month, but the studio needs to say something soon, before it's too late. We've reached out to EA for comment on this story, and will update if/when we hear anything more.
The list of Anthem problems (opens in new tab) remains long and varied. Watch our 60 second review of the game below to find out some of the biggest gripes we found during our playthrough.