BIOWARE’S hotly anticipated open world shooter Anthem will be out on February 22, 2019, EA confirmed today.
The game is coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One, and won’t feature loot boxes–anything you can pay real money for you’ll be able to see up front, and will just be limited to cosmetic items that don’t directly impact gameplay.
EA revealed some of the first proper details of the sci-fi shooter at its EA Play pre-E3 event in Los Angeles.
The action role-playing game will players strap on mech suits and head out into a dangerous living world, either alone or with friends in co-op multiplayer.
Bioware confirmed that those Javelin mechsuits will come in four flavours — the all-purpose Ranger, the tanking beast Leviathan, the mage-like Storm and the mysterious Interceptor.
You’ll be able to switch between classes at will in a single play through of the story-driven game. The player takes on the role of a Freelancer who can grab whichever suit they like when they head out into the wilds to defend humanity.
While the shooter will be multiplayer focused, it’s not going to be massively multiplayer in the vein of games such as World of Warcraft or Destiny, Bioware confirmed. You can play the entire game alone, despite it being co-op focused, however.
Gameplay will take the form of missions out in a shared world that was “left unfinished by the gods”, while the narrative will be driven around the player’s home base, which will be theirs and theirs alone.
The story won’t feature any romance, unlike most previous Bioware games, but instead focus on “friendships”. Those friendships will continue to develop after launch as well, according to the developers.
The set-up of an ever-changing world for action but a separate base for story development means that BioWare will be able to “add stories for years to come”, they say.
The EA Play announcements also featured a brief gameplay demo which you can see in full above.
The Javelins, as the suits are known, share a look that is somewhere between Mass Effect’s high tech armor and Pacific Rim’s giant robots and are armed with everything from assault rifles to flamethrowers and artillery.
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The demo showed a lot of movement through the world using the suit’s rocket engines, plenty of combat with wildlife and more high-tech opponents, and ended just before a bit set-piece battle with a Starship Troopers-esque giant bug.
There are still LOTS of questions to be answered about Anthem in terms of story and gameplay ahead of its release early next year, and we’ll bring you more on the game as we get it.
Want to know more? Read everything we know about the game here–and check back regularly as we’ll be updating it as more information becomes available.
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