If you were hoping to grab a game like Anthem – even with all the shenanigans surrounding BioWare – you may need to keep in mind that you’ll only be able to play the game when you’re online and when EA’s servers are up and active. The game has been confirmed to be always-on, and it won’t have any offline modes. So single-player offline is completely out of the questions.
Anthem’s executive producer, Mark Darrah, revealed the news via a tweet online, responding to a gamer who was asking about being able to play the game offline in single-player mode. Darrah stated the following on June 9th, 2018 following shortly after the EA Play press conference…
You need to be online to play https://t.co/KsojxJ0rvJ
— Mark Darrah (@BioMarkDarrah) June 9, 2018
Plenty of people were actually disappointed with the news, with some gamers making the common sense revelation that not everyone has good internet, stable internet, or reliable enough connections to support an always-on game.
Careful, I got attacked on YouTube for saying that because apparently “good internet is everywhere”
— Justin Smith (@CruddyRedneck1) June 9, 2018
While shills and pro-corporatists attempt to convince the world that everyone has high-speed internet, there are plenty of people around the world who don’t have good internet but still enjoy playing video games.
As mentioned, if Anthem seemed interesting to you because it doesn’t have BioWare’s trademark romance/sex scenes that have increasingly become forced sequences to push certain kinds of agendas in their more recent games – or if you were interested in the fact that the game won’t launch with loot boxes – you’ll still have to content with the game being always online.
Another revelation is that Anthem won’t launch with PvP either, as reported by Gamepur. This was a deal-breaker for some, not so much for others.
BioWare obviously has bigger problems to worry about in regard to the very negative impression certain Social Justice Warriors at the studio propagated by defaming a dead YouTuber with sociopolitical tirades posted publicly on Twitter, and by bringing in to their studio the most controversial figure in gaming, Anita Sarkeesian.
Everything so far seems to point to EA trying desperately to clean up the public image of Anthem ahead of its 2019 release. The EA Play demonstration was a very safe and very controlled depiction of the game, but it did very little to raise the hype levels for the troubled, upcoming third-person shooter. The fact that you won’t be able to play it offline in single-player mode is likely going to burn even more bridges with gamers who may not be keen on the MMO-style always-on elements.