BioWare Offers Update on Anthem PS4 Crashes, Says No Affected Systems Have Been Permanently Bricked

BioWare Offers Update on Anthem PS4 Crashes, Says No Affected Systems Have Been Permanently Bricked

A fix is coming next week.

Earlier this week, Anthem players on the PlayStation 4 reported that playing BioWare's live-service shooter on the console caused it to power down or crash. In some instances, there were even reports that consoles were bricked. Anthem lead producer Ben Irving confirmed the crashes, but said there shouldn't be a problem getting PS4s up and running again if they went down.

Irving told viewers in a recent Twitch stream that BioWare has been investigating all manners of crashes and disconnects, and that there is a team dedicated to working out those specific issues. He says that they're confident they'll have many of the crashes solved in an update scheduled for March 12. When it comes to the PS4 however, Irving confirms there are instances of the console powering down, but that they shouldn't be bricked permanently.

"There have been some reports where a PlayStation can temporarily power down. And so, just to be clear, in all the instances we're aware of–that we investigated in partnership with first party–they can be powered back up."

There were reports from players however that their PS4 consoles wouldn't power back up. Irving says that it shouldn't be a problem so long as the proper procedures were followed, though, so perhaps the issues stem from the booting sequence.

Irving also discussed a little about today's rifle bug, which made level 1 weapons more powerful than high-level gear. He says this is a simple bug that's easily fixed and should be solved soon.

While it's good to know that there are fixes coming to Anthem, Irving says that BioWare may not have caught all the crashing issues, so there's the possibility that some new bug is waiting to be discovered. Or worse, an old bug returning with a new update.

Either way, BioWare is working to fix the bugs discovered in Anthem as they arise. So as long as players keep reporting them, BioWare is likely handling it. Be sure to check out our Anthem guide for the latest news, in case something weird does pop up.

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