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Anthem Deep Dive – E3 2018

A bit earlier Amazon Italy has updated the product listing for EA’s upcoming co-op shooter Anthem, revealing its release date as February 19, 2019. However, the date is a bit off – the actual release date is February 22, 2019. Mark your calendars! Now it is time to start Anthem Deep Dive.

The Bioware team consisting of Casey Hudson, Mark Darrah and Cathleen Rootsaert has started the presentation by sharing the trailer you can find above.

On a world left unfinished by the gods, humanity struggles to survive in a savage environment. Equipped with incredible Javelin exosuits, a faction known as the Freelancers seeks to tip the balance in mankind’s favor.

Hudson spoke about the studio’s vision revolving around the natural evolution of the Bioware game that changes every time you play it via the living world and stories shared with the friends who can play with you. The studio wanted to combine the impact of having a personal story in the world with the fun of sharing it with friends. However, the developers have pointed out that co-op is completely optional. The solo game will be harder than if you were in the company of three other people, but it is totally possible.

Anthem is being developed in a different manner from Dragon Age or Mass Effect games of the studio that will allow adding more story to the game at virtually any moment for years to come. A dramatic event can be dropped into the game overnight that would change the world for everyone.

Player characters require the special suits – Javelins – to survive the brutal outside world. There are 4 types: Ranger, Interceptor, Colossus and Storm. You have access to every suit and each one can be customized further.

No loot boxes, no ability to spend real cash for in-game power at all.

According to GameInformer, Anthem will not feature one of the Bioware’s staples: romances with NPCs. Lead Producer Mike Gamble stated:

There are no romances. There are friendships. Some of the stuff we did with Mass Effect – the Citadel DLC specifically – there was a lot of friendship moments. You and Garrus sitting up, shooting – that kind of stuff, we want to lean into that. The romantic stuff, we’re moving away from that for Anthem.

From the official press release:

In Anthem, up to four players explore and battle in a dangerous, mysterious place populated by great characters and a unique BioWare story. Players will also create stories of their own while they play, so no two journeys are the same. Javelin exosuits make their pilots powerful heroes in the world, with awesome weapons and incredible special abilities that allow for combat and exploration in a hostile environment. Players will be able to customize and personalize their suits with unique paint jobs and gear so they’ll have the right tools to confront almost any situation and look good doing it.

Players excited to enter the dangerous world of Anthem are now able to pre-order the game. Those who do will receive VIP demo access and a unique in-game Founders banner. Those who pre-order the Anthem standard edition will also receive a legendary weapon and the Legion of Dawn Armor Pack for the Ranger Javelin as part of their pre-order content. In addition, those who purchase the Legion of Dawn Edition of Anthem for pre-order or after launch will also receive the full set of Legion of Dawn Armor Packs (including the Ranger Javelin Legion of Dawn Armor Pack), a Ranger Javelin gear attachment, the digital soundtrack and more.

Anthem is developed by BioWare and will be available worldwide February 22 for Origin for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Origin Access Premier members can be the first to play the full game with unlimited access on PC starting February 15, and EA Access and Origin Access Basic members can enjoy up to 10 hours of play time as part of the Play First Trial.

You can find out more by visiting the official site.

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While growing up in the wilds of Russia, Catherine learned to talk, write and game at almost the same time. You can follow her attempts at latter two at MMORPG.com and GameSpace.

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