BioWare’s Anthem Now Costs A Penny At GameStop

A penny has the face of an Anthem character stamped on it, replacing Abraham Lincoln.

If you’ve been holding out for so long, maybe now is the right time?
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Save it under funny or sad. Or both. Hymn, BioWare’s doomed 2019 loot shooter can now be bought very cheaply. As a penny cheap if you are in the right place. Or, if you’re like TikTok user ClockLava, you might get it for free from a generous GameStop employee who sees you that one brass piece to save you the trouble. Hey the servers to be for now still … maybe there is fun to be had?

If you don’t know the game Hymn was BioWare’s attempt to capture some of that fire that everyone raved about games like Lot 2 or warframe. It had a sweeping sci-fi premise where you played as a “Javelin”, fit in gear that turned you into Iron Man. Unsurprisingly, the game has you out shooting things and collecting all the armor and all the loot. Success for these types of games is not guaranteed. Destiny notoriously rough first impression, and warframe took a while to rise above “that neat free PS4 game” status. Hymn lacked enough content on release to earn its place for gamers after its tumultuous developmentfilled with conflicting visions for the title and tons of crunch to make up for bad plans and lost time.

Like many games that are doomed today, it was assumed Hymn would have a glorious No Man’s Sky coming back. Or at least would try. While work was done to steer the game in a better direction. EA halted revival efforts and sentenced the game to slow death last year. So it’s no surprise that the game lands on the bargain shelf.

As reported by Fanbyte, the discovery was a surprise to TikToker ClockLava. “So I just went to GameStop and they had Hymn for a damn cent’ ClockLava opens their video ofas Star Wars“Duel of the Fates” appropriately blares in the background. At first they expressed their doubts about whether this was real: “When I went to buy this I thought ‘this really isn’t a dime'”, but it seems that if we are to believe the video, this is indeed what you can find in your average used bin of last generation titles.

ClockLava goes on to say that the GameStop employee who arranged their “purchase” said the $0.01 price is often bad. Logical logic. The employee then offered to buy the game for ClockLava before they could even fish a penny out of their wallet. What a nice gesture! It is worth noting that Hymn currently retails for a whopping $59.99 on GameStop’s website, so this can only be a deal you can score based on your average GameStop’s stock used.

Kotaku has contacted GameStop for comment.

If you’re someone who keeps an eye on sales and great second-hand deals, you might be familiar with Hymnare sharply falling prices. Just two weeks ago, Reddit user Spider-Man_Fan posted a screenshot of their score: count them, that is 37 (in a row) copies of Hymn, most of which are sealed, marked $0.01 on their receipt, and together a total cost of $0.41 after tax. You would lose money by not buy!

A Reddit user shares a photo of 37 copies of Anthem for PS4, which they presumably bought for a penny each.

They must be worth something someday, right?
Screenshot: Spider-Man_Fan / Kotaku

Here’s what’s really sad about it: If you’ve ever worked at a GameStop, you might be familiar with the term “pennying out.” It refers to the last stop before a product is discarded. Literal. At the garbage. For those in the know, it’s a great way to pick up random collector’s editions of games and other random products that just fucking faded. I own hardcover copies of manuals for The Witcher 3 and Metal Gear Solid V each costing literally a cent.

Before Hymn‘s dropped to a penny for a used copy, it was not uncommon to see the average question on r/AnthemTheGame or at the very least “two dollars nicewhen it hovered around that price. From my personal experience, it’s a game that has often been the subject of random texts from people I don’t talk to much, usually with a picture of Hymn‘s box in a store listed somewhere for about four dollars with the question, “worth it?” Mass Effect: Andromeda is usually the follow-up text to it. Oh, Bioware.

So. Is Hymn worth a cent? Like most I somehow acquired it at some point and played it once or twice. I feel a certain urge to jump in to at least see everything before EA and BioWare inevitably pull the network cables off their servers, but honestly, given the absolute shit show that that game and the development of that game was, I know. no, maybe a penny is a bit too much. I’m waiting for the next sale.