BioWare confirms Anthem is crashing PS4s, will repair in subsequent week’s patch

If you’ve been wondering when it’ll be safe to play Anthem on your PlayStation 4 — you know, given the reports of some PS4s spontaneously powering down in the middle of a game — developer BioWare now has an answer. Two answers, actually.

BioWare’s online gaming boss Chad Robertson has officially tweeted that the team has successfully identified “several causes” why some consoles might be crashing, and will fix some of those issues in a patch next week.

After thorough review, we have not encountered an instance where Anthem has “bricked” a PS4 console. If you are experiencing anything different, please reach out to @EAHelp so we can track the incident and investigate. Thanks for your patience.

But also, Robertson says that even today, BioWare’s seen no indication that Anthem has ever “bricked” a console, disabling it to the point that it won’t turn on again without being repaired. If you take him at his word, there’s “no risk of damage” even if you start playing Anthem without waiting for the patch.

That does make sense in light of forum posts indicating that fixing a PS4 that’s supposedly been “bricked” by Anthem is as easy as starting your PS4 in safe mode and rebuilding its database.

But personally, I’d wait for the patch. In my experience, abruptly shutting down a computer with a spinning magnetic hard drive is almost always a recipe for disaster. If that’s what Anthem is truly doing to some PS4s (I haven’t witnessed it personally, so I can’t say), better safe than sorry.