If you ever wondered what happens with live service games when there's no service, then look no further than Anthem, as Bioware's shooter dropped out of 49 most played Xbox One games. Moreover, the dev's last tweet came almost a month ago.
Microsoft aren't overly generous when it comes to sharing data, so the list doesn't have exact numbers, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to extrapolate how Anthem's doing.
Xbox One's top 49 includes the likes of 13-year-old Roblox, almost 4-year-old Fallout 4, and nearly 7-year-old Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, the last one being an Xbox 360 game, so you do the math of just how bad things are in Anthemland.
Now, Bioware did say that many of the features listed in Anthem's roadmap will be delayed , but they didn't mention they'll also be delaying communication with their playerbase.
Anthem's Twitter account hasn't seen new posts since 30 April 2019, and even that was a retweet of EA Help's post, so we're dangerously approaching a month of inactivity. If you don't count reposts, we're way past it.
The game's subreddit looks a bit better, but only because some fans are still active. Bioware's recent posts are mostly automated ones for bug collection, and Anthem's disgruntled fans have a field day on each one.
Anthem's subreddit posts range from comparisons to the Fyre Festival to calls to undo the game and instead give fans that short movie by Neill Blomkamp , which was planned but abandoned for the short trailer version.
One thing is for certain - live service games survive as long as there's service. And as things stand at the moment, Anthem doesn't resemble a live service game - it increasingly looks like an elaborate hoax.
Just to clear the air here, Bioware happen to be behind some of our favourite games and we're not oblivious to the issues that plague the company.
However, we're also aware that players paid a full AAA price with real money, expecting to get a functional product. Instead, they only seem to have bought a long wait.