Let’s face it: overall, Anthem was a flop. It had some disastrous flaws on release, and detriments as big as Anthem’s coming from a AAA game by a AAA studio created serious backlash. Bioware had already been on the defensive with the highly divisive Mass Effect: Andromeda, and while I don’t think Anthem is the final nail in the coffin, I do think it certainly began to shut the lid. On a personal level, it’s pretty disappointing to see. Bioware made two of my all time favorite games; Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Dragon Age: Origins. These are two very critically acclaimed and financially successful games, but an entire company can’t coast of royalties of past wins for that long. They have to keep cranking out hits to stay afloat. And with Anthem, it’s going to put at risk their likely biggest project to date: Dragon Age 4. Which realistically is probably still a few years out. My prediction is this, given how developers normally treat this situation: Dragon Age 4 will be Bioware’s hail mary. They’ll go all out and attempt to make an unprecedented product. If they succeed? Definite redemption. If they fail? Well, then we may have the unfortunate task of watching the demise of an industry titan.