Anthem is the next big IP from Bioware, the creators of the Mass Effect and Dragon Age series. First revealed at E3 2017, the epic sci-fi RPG aims to bring together single-player, multiplayer, shooting, and RPG elements in a similar vein to Bungie’s Destiny franchise — albeit from a third-person perspective.
Most recently, we saw a host of new footage from the game at E3 2018, and got an announcement of the game’s intended release date, too. Whether the game actually makes that surprisingly exact target remains to be seen, but it gives us a pretty decent idea of when to expect the game to arrive.
Anthem has officially been delayed to 2019 to make room for Battlefield 5 in October 2018. The upcoming RPG will now launch for PS4, Xbox One and PC on February 22nd, 2019, which is a little before the March 2019 release date EA suggested the game would have in a recent earnings report.
Anthem is an open-world RPG that takes place in a strange, hostile alien world where humanity lives in a giant walled city, hiding from giant monsters. You take the role of a Freelancer; a heroic group that act as humanity’s guardians and scouts beyond the wall in Iron Man-like suits of armour, known as Javelins.
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Anthem is an open world RPG. During the Microsoft E3 2017 conference we saw you venture out of the city to find a missing group. The mission let you gather other freelancers into your squad and demoed a variety of enemies, ranging from hulking, wild alien monsters to mysterious “Scars”, which appeared more advanced and had guns.
Exact customisation and gameplay options remain vague, but Bioware has confirmed you will be able to customise your Freelancer’s Javelin armour. Javelins will come in four different types, Ranger, Colossus, Interceptor and Storm, and each have their own set of skills and equipment options.
Your choices will also impact upon the world of Anthem, and the world will change the way you play the game with features like variable weather and seasons. Although the game has a heavy multiplayer focus, Bioware has stressed that you should be able to experience its story while playing solo.
Again, following criticisms of Star Wars Battlefront 2’s microtransactions, fans are querying whether EA’s subsequent titles will include similarly invasive forms of loot boxes. EA has since confirmed that it intends to keep microtransactions to cosmetic items only, and has also confirmed that Anthem will not feature loot boxes.
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