Howdy Freelancers! It’s no secret that Anthem has had a messy launch. There have been a number of pieces of news that have emerged since the launch of the game, which I haven’t actually reported on yet because I still believe there’s more to be said, that paint the picture of a hijacked game. There have even been things such as rumours of EA wanting to make the game Free-to-Play, and frankly it’s all getting out of control.

To break it down into a simplified version for you, essentially EA stepped in at the last minute, with less than a year to go, and requested that Bioware make a load of changes to Anthem. These changes weren’t so much requested as demanded, because EA hold the purse strings, and as such these changes were made, including altering the game’s name from Beyond to Anthem. To clarify, I mean these changes were made with less than a year to go before anthem was revealed at E3.

Off the back of this news, which I still believe is unfinished, a number of developers have been stepping up to say that they won’t be making their employees work as much as EA and Bioware made theirs in the lead up to , and after, Anthem’s launch. This news has become so prevalent that it’s actually causing games to be delayed to avoid bad press from a similar situation.

However, it seems as though Cyberpunk 2077, the upcoming RPG from CD Projekt Red, is experiencing similar issues to Anthem during development. An anonymous developer speaking directly to Kotaku said that the two games were seeing a very similar development process. They went on to say that the future could be even worse for Cyberpunk 2077, which is really saying something when you take into account just how much bad press Anthem has seen.

This news is really interesting because CD Projekt Red seem like the kind of developer who isn’t worried about delaying a game in order to bring the best final product possible to fans. But this anonymous developer says that at times it was possible to switch Anthem’s name for Cyberpunk 2077 and the news would be the same.

With this source being anonymous there’s no way that CD Projekt Red is going to comment on the news, giving it credence. However, in an older interview Marcin Iwinski, Co-founder of the studio, said that development on Cyberpunk 2077 was difficult because the technology required to build it was being built alongside the game’s development.

This in no way means that Cyberpunk 2077 is going to flop, or see any issues at all. In reality CD Projekt Red would delay the game before releasing it in anything less than a perfect state. It’s important to remember that this is the studio that released The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt, a perfect game according to many critics.

My hope is that CD Projekt Red can learn from Bioware, and take the time they need to finish their game to their own high standards before releasing it. I’m not trying to say that Bioware deliberately released a broken game, because they didn’t. I believe that the blame for Anthem’s issues lies firmly at EA’s feet, and everyone needs to let Bioware get on and fix Anthem without being shouted at on a daily basis.

So to answer the question that is the title to this article, yes. I think CD Projekt Red will learn from Bioware. I think that they won’t let anyone push them around or make design and gameplay choices based on a whim after seeing a short demo of the game. I think we’ll see the game delayed in the future, but I also think that it’ll be one of the best of this and the next generation of games consoles because of it.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

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