Anthem is EA and BioWare’s next big game scheduled to release next month and a demo is scheduled for release later this month. BioWare has been effectively communicating with fans about the game but there are some fears that we should address before Anthem launches. Here are 5 reasons we’re worried about Anthem. It’s EA Electronic Arts have become one of the worst companies in the video game industry through years of hard work. Even before Star Wars Battlefront II the publisher has been notorious for putting monetization before anything else: gating content off with paid DLC such as in Dead Space, using loot boxes to lock content behind random progression like in Need for Speed Payback, and attacking the gaming community with remarks such as Battlefield V’s “either accept it or don’t buy the game” comment. Ultimately, EA has generated an infamous reputation among gamers for a lot of reasons that very few trust the company not to pull something sinister. Mass Effect: Andromeda Story Quality Mass Effect: Andromeda did not live up to the wait. The game was flooded with technical issues and the story was not up to the standard of the previous core trilogy, causing the entire franchise to be put on ice. Because of this, many wonder if Anthem will share the same quality of Mass Effect: Andromeda since the title is focused more on gameplay than story. Romances have been removed and in an interview with GamesTM Creative Direction Jonathan Warner stated: “It’s very refreshing, it’s invigorating,” said the Creative Director when he sat down with GamesTM. “And usually, when you talk about a Mass Effect or a Dragon Age, people invariably end up talking about the plots or the points, and it’s very refreshing, when people talk about Anthem, they talk about flying or fighting monsters, or the gear, the Javelins, and it’s been a great opportunity for us to put gameplay first.” Warner did state that story will still play a role but considering that Drew Karpyshyn, a major figure who played a significant role in writing the dialogue for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect, many are worried that the studio known for its narrative will fumble again. Rushed Projects EA has been notorious for rushing out projects and finishing them later. Star Wars Battlefront 1 and 2 and the recently released Battlefield V lack the longevity and content from DICE’s earlier games. Not to mention EA has been unsuccessful in delivering a solid “live-service” game since many titles sporting these methods have been criticized for launching with inadequate content. This coupled with the many technical issues EA titles, such as Mass Effect: Andromeda, have been suffering from it’s not unbelievable to argue that Anthem won’t suffer from the same problems. Anthem has been delayed but so was Mass Effect: Andromeda and Battlefield V. Both of those games suffered from vexing technical issues and it’s likely that Anthem will as well. Monetization First EA is notorious for flooding their games with monetization possibilities. With micro-DLC in both single-player and multiplayer titles such as cosmetic armor in Dante’s Inferno, resource packs in Dead Space 3, and, the most infamous examples, performance-enhancing loot boxes in both Star Wars: Battlefront II and Need for Speed Payback. While EA has taken a step back from these practices and offer direct purchases, with Anthem confirmed to not have loot boxes, it’s not unreasonable to assume that there will be a lot of cosmetics a lot of purchases and limited ways to obtain them. Similar to how Activision Blizzard used the Eververse in Destiny 2 to encourage spending. Possible Multiplayer Issues This may be a lot stretch but a lot of gamers haven’t forgotten the infamous launch of Battlefield 4. For those who need a refresher the launch for Battlefield 4 was terrible, with the game nearly unplayable due to netcode issues. It happened several times in the future with other online games from EA and, hopefully, the Alpha and Demo of Anthem will prevent these same issues, hopefully. What do you think, will Anthem break EA’s infamous record or will the publisher uphold their monetization first policies as they’ve done in the past? Let us know your opinions in the comments below.