Upon recently getting back into Anarchy Reigns, 3rd person brawling title from Platinum Games, I have found that the community and servers that were rich with players in January are lacking in gamers. I own a PS3 and thus do not know what Xbox servers are like, but I can imagine they are as barren as the PS3 servers, with a game that focused so much online isnt this a problem?
Its understandable that games will lose online communities; when playing Brutal Legend the servers were empty. This is far more understandable than the lack of players on Anarchy Reigns, because Anarchy Reigns is a title that was released earlier this year, yet Brutal Legend was released in 2008. The time in which I played Brutal Legend was mid 2011/12 but the point is that story-based games are having online communities which are of 3/4 years old, where did Anarchy Reigns go wrong?
The first reason Anarchy Reigns is dying was its release window, the game was meant to come to the UK on the 6th of July, this release date was achieved by Japan but no-where else. Meaning gamers were playing the game when others were not, thus the variety in skill levels varied greatly, as well as the problem of Japanese gamers getting tired of the game. The second reason would be its marketing, Anarchy Reigns is a game that I can mention to my friends and they wont be able to converse with me about it because they have never heard of such a game. I feel this is a huge problem because if people dont know about the game then they arent going to purchase it. It also comes across as though SEGA didnt trust in their product; they held back on its release and decreased the price in order to guarantee a few sales, if the publishers didnt believe the game would do well should they have asked the developers to improve the gaming experience?
I personally enjoy Anarchy Reigns but feel let down with the game when going online, I have to organise for PSN friends to join my party instead of relying on matchmaking. Meeting players on this game is somewhat uncommon, especially in Europe, and thus I am willing to add players I meet just to be able to enjoy the game. Anarchy Reigns is in no means a bad game and it somewhat saddens me to think the community has almost died out.
If you play Anarchy Reigns it would be great to hear your opinions on the online community, do you still play the game? If not, why not?