The game everyone wants to fail so they can bash EA and bury the remains of what once was Bioware. But also the game people want to succeed, so Bioware can prove they still got it after the mess of Andromeda and the excruciating development time they spent on Anthem.
But that disaster of a demo surely hurt them. Almost everyone seems very lackluster about those grindy mission designs with bullet sponge enemies, even though the game plays well.
Apex Legends has exploded and The Division 2 had a decent showing with its private beta, even though it looked very similar to the first game. Rarely have I felt a more ho-hum vibe towards a major new IP than towards Anthem.
How many are gonna risk buying Anthem at this point, unless the reviews are absolutely stellar? The mediocre demo and a potentially better game in The Division 2 are bound to make people hesitant to jump the gun, and everyone being as addicted to Apex Legends as they are, they might not feel the need to jump into a grind fest.
How much of the target demographic for Anthem's co-op based approach mesh into Apex Legend? While I would normally say not much, right now Apex is so big that it probably does quite a bit, and The Division 2 probably mesh even more. EA's marketing machine will help the push the sales as most major games sell to demographics that is outside the internet negativity bubble, but 6 million in 6 weeks, as is the target? sounds pretty wild to me.