EA’s brand new shooter ‘Anthem’ is reportedly crashing and bricking PS4 consoles


Over on Reddit, there are several threads that see both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players reporting that Anthem causes their entire console to crash - with many reporting the crash issue has occurred a couple of times.

News of the mysterious, severe bug first popped up early this week via Kotaku, citing multiple Reddit and forum users who noted that the game would knock them back to the main menu or their PS4 dashboard during a crash, and in some cases would just power down their PS4 completely during matchmaking. Users are reporting around the globe that the recently released game is causing these detrimental issues for them plus the usual bugs. "Took me 5 minutes", said redditor u/SoundAndFury87.

Gamers have taken to Reddit and EA's boards to detail their individual experiences with Anthem, and things are not looking rosy for BioWare, EA, or even Sony.

It's the latest issue for "Anthem", a highly-anticipated blockbuster game from EA's BioWare studio that's been beset by complaints from critics and fans alike since its confusing launch in mid February.

Anthem is out now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

As mentioned in the final line of that post, the Anthem crashing issue shouldn't outright be bricking consoles as previously reported.

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We are now in process of gathering information about the PS4 issue so we can determine the root cause.

The bug both crashes the game and outright turns off the player's PlayStation 4 console. Initially, reports of these system crashes were not responded to by requests for comment, but now EA has finally acknowledged the issue.

Successful Anthem refunds have also been reported via Sony's support phone line: 1-800-345-SONY (7669). One user report described it as if they had pulled the plug of the console from an electrical outlet.

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It appears that only PS4 versions of the game are suffering such dramatic crashes.

Updated March 5 with a tweet from EA calling for crash data reports.