Shroud gave a grim outlook for EA’s blockbuster Anthem

Alan Bernal

Popular streamer Shroud has been diving into the VIP demo for the latest blockbuster shooter, Anthem, and he’s not convinced that the title has what it takes for long term success.

Anthem is a major release for EA as it will be the publishers first original IP in eight years and will look to remedy past blunders in the form of Mass Effect: Andromeda and Star Wars Battlefront 2, but the popular streamer didn’t have a great outlook for its future.

During his playthrough, Shroud said the game was entertaining and thinks it should be pretty well received at launch, but doesn’t think the charm will last soon after the content is over and all that is left to do is grind for loot.

Shroud was approaching the tail-end of the game’s demo when he took some time to reflect on Anthem, and it didn’t look too good from his point-of-view.

“It’s whatever. It’s definitely better than I was expecting, I was expecting it to be a lot worse than it is,” Shroud said. “But still, games like this never last, honestly. People only grind for so fucking long, and they’re just over it.”

Although he admitted he enjoyed Anthem more than its counterpart, Destiny, he wasn’t convinced of the game’s lasting appeal. Loot is a big part of these games, but he’d rather grind for loot in MMO’s, as opposed to cooperative shooters like the Division and Anthem.

Shroud said that based off the demo, he would rate Anthem a 7 ½ or 8 out of 10, but maintained that “this isn’t like an evergreen fuckin game, that just lasts forever.”

Numerous members of his Chat seemed to agree, but Anthem will look to keep players engaged and entertained when it fully releases February 22.

About The Author

Alan is a former staff writer for Dexerto based in Southern California who covered esports, internet culture, and the broader games/streaming industry. He is a CSUF Alum with a B.A. in Journalism. He's reported on sports medicine, emerging technology, and local community issues. Got a tip or want to talk?