Anthem: Everything we know about Bioware’s next big thing

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 is set to take full advantage of Xbox One X as players explore a broken, battered post-apocalyptic world.

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Anthem release date delayed

Anthem has officially been delayed to 2019 to make room for a new Battlefield instalment in 2018. The upcoming RPG will now launch for PS4, Xbox One and PC in early 2019, Electronic Arts confirmed in its most recent earnings report.

Anthem – What is it?

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 trailer – How does it look?

We saw a brief teaser trailer at EA’s E3 press conference, but now we also have six minutes of gameplay to enjoy. Watch the latest below:

Anthem gameplay – How does it play?

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 confimred you will be able to customise your Freelancer’s Javelin armour. Javelins will have differing classes, each with their own set of skills and equipment options. During the brief demo we saw Bioware demo the generalist Ranger and tank Collossus classes. Each had a variety of skills, including jump pack and grenade abilities. The demo indicated the game will have a similar control system to Mass Effect: Andromeda.

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Anthem Microtransactions – Will it have them?

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 is remaining coy on the matter and whether they’ll be included in Anthem, the latest statement coming from creative director Brenon Holmes that the subject remains “ongoing discussion“.

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