Some of these shared world games are intentionally filled with padding to keep people playing them. Fallout 76 took a page out of the CCG market with its perk cards. Destiny is a grind fest, that requires you to have the latest "expansion". I have no doubt that Anthem will be the same tedious unending grindfest as other shared world games. Even Monster Hunter World gets in on the endless and pointless late-game grindfest with Tempered Monsters, and ultra-rare gems.
I have no clue how SoT is, and will never know. Forza isn't for me since its a racing game, but at least they are taking a step in the right direction.
I played Chromehounds and MHT when they came out. Sad to see the servers for those games die.