March 20, 2019 Recent sales figures have shown that Anthem has still managed to take the top spot for February.
Recent information released by American market researcher NPD has revealed that Anthem was in fact the best-selling game of February, and is now the second best-selling game of 2019. The figure means that the mech suit shoot ‘em up RPG is BioWare’s second best selling launch title of all time, losing out only to the critically acclaimed Mass Effect 3.
The studio, famed for developing the Mass Effect and Dragon Age series, has been scrutinised in the past for releasing games that lacked a sense of completion or polish. Though there’s been no facial-animation gate yet, in our Anthem PC review Rich suggests that there’s not all that much endgame content to keep people coming back.
Recently, Bioware took to reassuring the community that “Anthem is here to stay”, promising its players a continued stream of “improvements and new content”. The game has received mixed reviews, though I’m hopeful that Bioware are now receptive to making more improvements to make their interesting world a lot more playable.
Anthem has been out for just over a month, though now we can rest assured that there is still potential for this sci-fi/fantasy hybrid from a studio that once mastered both genres.
EA certainly still has hope for the game’s marketability, with a recent prediction from the company showing it expects Anthem to sell 37 million units by the end of its fiscal year on March 31, which is just around the corner.
Anthem topped the UK’s physical sales chart when it launched back in February. Ostensibly it was good news, but the full picture was rather more complicated.
Anthem’s physical sales during its first week paled in comparison to other similar games, such as the popular Destiny series, and so the recent news comes as reassurance to fans who feared that a lack of sales might mean that EA wouldn’t afford BioWare the time to keep updating and fixing Anthem in the future.
Anthem is BioWare’s first UK number one since Mass Effect: Andromeda, according to GfK Chart-Track. Industry analyst Daniel Ahmad said Andromeda sold “more than double” what Anthem has managed, and further that Andromeda itself sold “nearly half” its predecessor, Mass Effect 3. More embarrassing still, Eurogamer adds that Anthem sold “roughly a quarter” of Destiny 2’s week one physical total, and “sold around 10%” of Destiny 1’s week one total. Destiny 2, of course, is probably Anthem’s biggest competitor.