The Anthem E3 demo was pretty epic. Even I was blown away by what Bioware had shown off at the event but it turns out that much of the trailer was actually fake and that the team did not even make parts of the game that were shown off at that point. Bioware employees have confirmed that that the Anthem E3 demo was indeed faked and that the game was actually made in 6-9 months.
The employees also pointed out that the Frostbite engine was a constant limitation in the development of Anthem. Kotaku’s Jason Schreier went behind the scenes and contacted some of the people that worked on the game. This included people that are currently working at Bioware and some people that have left. The following was reported regarding the Anthem E3 demo being faked:
After E3, that’s when it really felt like, ‘Okay, this is the game we’re making.’ It was also kind of tricky because there were still a lot of question marks. The demo was not actually built properly—a lot of it was fake. There was a lot of stuff that was like, ‘Oh are we actually doing this? Do we have the tech for that, do we have the tools for that? To what end can you fly? How big should the world be?
This is not surprising keeping in mind how broken the game is even after so many weeks. The players have already boycotted the game once and we are not sure how long they are going to stick around. We also talked about how Bioware lied to fans and how the actual game is different from the Anthem E3 demo. The VIP demo was an utter mess as well.
Keeping all this in mind, I am not shocked that most of the E3 trailer was shocked and we all knew that there was something fishy happening behind the scenes. Bioware has already released a statement in this regard and the following is what the developer had to say regarding the matter:
As a studio and a team, we accept all criticisms that will come our way for the games we make, especially from our players. The creative process is often difficult. The struggles and challenges of making video games are very real. But the reward of putting something we created into the hands of our players is amazing. People in this industry put so much passion and energy into making something fun. We don’t see the value in tearing down one another, or one another’s work. We don’t believe articles that do that are making our industry and craft better.
Let us know what you think about the Anthem E3 demo being faked and what your experience has been like so far playing the game.