Anthem is the next big IP from Bioware, the creators of Mass Effect, Dragon Age and more. 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.
Following on from the controversy surrounding Star Wars Battlefront 2 and its implementation of microtransactions, fans are understandably sceptical about EA’s approach to this open-world game. Trusted Reviews has compiled all the facts on Bioware’s newest epic.
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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 release date – When is it coming out?
Having just been announced, Anthem won’t be coming our way for a while. EA and Bioware has said it will be launching in fiscal year 2018, which spans from April 2018 to March 2019.
In terms of platforms, Anthem is coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC.
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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Could Anthem make up for the lukewarm reception to Mass Effect Andromeda? We hope so!