Anthem is Noticeably Absent From EA Play's Stream Lineup [Update]

Anthem is Noticeably Absent From EA Play's Stream Lineup [Update]

Looks like BioWare is getting out their news ahead of the big show.

Update: BioWare's global community lead Andrew Johnson clarified on Twitter that Anthem will in fact be a part of the EA Play event at E3 this year. The game will just not be a part of its livestream schedule. This is because Anthem news will be streamed tomorrow, May 30, ahead of the event.

Original Story: Each day we inch closer and closer to E3 2019, and on its periphery, EA Play. The stream schedule for EA's day of live reveals has been published, and conspicuously absent is one large, living franchise from a major developer: Anthem.

BioWare's ongoing space loot shooter is absent from the list of current or upcoming games EA will feature on its live stream. The blog post does say that Anthem will be at EA Play in some manner, but the three-hour run of live content has no Anthem listed.

The schedule for EA's livestreams on June 8. | Electronic Arts

Some news came today via EA's site, announcing a 1.2.0 update meant to pave the way for a larger coming update called Cataclysm and a public test server for PC players. It seems like EA and BioWare are opting to separate Anthem's news from EA Play, with a first look at Cataclysm coming tomorrow on the company's Twitch and Mixer channels.

Anthem has gone through some hard times, falling off Microsoft's most-played games on Xbox One and a Kotaku report detailing the studio's overworking culture. Hopefully it's not out to repeat similar missteps of other long-tailed games before it. We weren't too hot on the game in our review, and in the time since, it seems like Anthem has struggled to maintain what steam it had.

We reached out to EA for comment, but have yet to hear back. To keep up with all things EA and E3, be sure to check out our guide to E3 2019.

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