E3 2017: Former SWTOR writer Drew Karpyshyn is working on Anthem

It’s still very early to get excited about BioWare’s upcoming co-op shooter Anthem, but the game is bringing in veteran talent for development. Drew Karpyshyn has confirmed that he’s working on the title as a writer, although he’s been quiet about his degree of involvement and any actual details of the writing.

Which… seems pretty obvious, considering the title is still early in the reveal process. Obviously.

Karpyshyn is best known as the lead writer on Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2, but he has a lengthy history with Star Wars: The Old Republic as well; he penned two novels for the game, wrote much of Knights of the Eternal Throne, and had major input on the Jedi Knight class story. Of course, we currently know next to nothing about Anthem’s story, but we do know it’s being shaped by experienced hands.

Source: PC Gamer, VG24/7
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menofhorror
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menofhorror

Drew being in it doesn’t mean it’s going to be a good story. I have to say Drew Karpyshyn is overrated.

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jay

I’m looking forward to seeing more on the game. But it’s being made by bioware, which frankly has been gutted of much of it’s talent, and the preview we were given was heavily scripted. Giving me flashbacks of ubisoft and “The Division”, and we all know how that turned out. I’ll wait to see real gameplay before I can get even a little excited.

I’m thinking it will probably play a lot like Firefall & Destiny. Somewhat like a loby based shooter, with procedurally generated instanced adventures to have fun with as a group. With a small overworld area with on going repeating events. Both games got really old quickly.

Maybe I’m wrong though…. maybe they will add in some type of non-grind elements that will keep it exciting and interesting. (Grinding the same content/event I’ve done thousands of times for a new gun/skill/etc isn’t fun)

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Vunak

Considering ME1 and ME2 are two of my favorite games i’ll definitely be keeping my eye on it. I was excited for it when I saw the trailer, but now even more so.

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jay

ME1 and ME2 were indeed glorious. Sadly the bioware we knew is gone, and has been replaced with a soulless conglomerate that doesn’t understand what made the original bioware amazing.

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Valen Sinclair

Well, I was interested in Anthem…now I’ve even MORE interested in it. ME:A wasn’t a debacle or a mess, but it was extremely mediocre. Not what one would expect from a Mass Effect game.

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rafael12104

IMO it was a debacle because it was basically the result of political infighting and mismanagement. You are correct, though. They accepted mediocrity which is tragic considering ME was a flagship franchise for Bioware.

But, yeah, I’m interested in Anthem, but I do given recent events, cautiously so.

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rafael12104

No surprise there. It is all hands on deck for Anthem especially after the MEA debacle.

But I suppose this will hopefully calm the gamers up in arms because they think Bioware have abandoned story to develop Destiny 3.0. Yes, there are many out there who look at Anthem as the final betrayal. LOL

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Malcolm Swoboda

I don’t think they’re abandoning story. I’m worried they’re abandoning *roleplaying* (aside from some gearing focus and the concept of picking up quests).

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Sray

According to the recent articles, Anthem is a big part of the reason for the ME:A mess.

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rafael12104

Oh yes. I read the Kotaku article. A sad story, really.

I do think however they are going to try and make up for it with Anthem.

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Greaterdivinity

I wasn’t particularly fond of the Knights story, but I did enjoy the story in ME1/2. I’m waiting for them to start really talking about the story/RPG elements, which look like they’ll be coming down the road. For now, the game looks like it could be some mindless, open world sci-fi shooter fun.

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Sleepy

Mixed feelings! Quite enjoyed some of the SWTOR Legends books he wrote, but I had to put down the Throne of Bhaal book a few chapters in, it was just…eugh. No words.

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wakkander

To be fair the ToB was forced to follow the terrible continuity of the incredibly bad novels that went over BG and BG2 before it, not written by him. It was also much earlier in his career.

The Baldur’s Gate novelization is the single worst book I have ever read, made all the worse by having played the game and knowing the characters, something the author obviously never did. The fact that Abdel Adrian is the canon version of the BG protagonist fills me with literal disgust.

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Q Hand

Spoke with him before–very cool, talented guy. He’s got his own fantasy series ongoing, I believe. Children of Fire, if I recall.

menofhorror
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menofhorror

It didn’t sell that well from what I read.

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Raimo Kangasniemi

It was a trilogy, final book out in 2015.

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Michael18

Wasn’t the Jedi knight story universally deemed the weakest story in TOR? (or was it the Jedi consular?)

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rafael12104

Jedi Consular. It was the weakest by far. The Knight story was pretty solid but very predictable.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Consular would have worked with an actual legit ‘Dark’ path as well as some true tests of the Light. It comes across as a skeleton of what it should have been,

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Crowe

Yeah, the consular story blew. Of course, that was my first to level cap at launch. I managed to suck it back up and give the trooper a go and that story was much better. But I couldn’t force myself too far into anything else.

menofhorror
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menofhorror

THe counsular was solid though. Trooper and inquisitor are BY FAR worse stories.

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wakkander

Probably thinking of consular, which while it had a handful of cool moments, was mostly pretty lame.

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blah blazh

Jedi Knight was generally thought of as the 2nd best story (after the Imperial Agent story)

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Koshelkin

This news killed some interest from me for the game. I think that’s not how it supposed to work.

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