BioWare’s Anthem will let you be ‘the hero of your story’ even in multiplayer

What began as a general vision statement for BioWare quickly turned into a treatise on how the studio is going to handle Anthem’s multiplayer mode.

General Manager Casey Hudson returned for another dev blog in which he attempted to reconcile the studio’s focus on players being the “hero of your story” while participating in Anthem’s multiplayer environment.

“We’re taking this problem head-on and structuring the entire game design to provide a specific solution for this,” Hudson wrote without going into detail on said solution. “We think it creates a unique experience where you have control over your own story, but your story is set in an ever-changing multiplayer world. And yes, even though Anthem is meant to bring out the best parts of playing as part of an online community, you can choose to play through the story with only your friends, or even on your own.”

Hudson said that BioWare has other teams working on envisioning future games and different experiences. He also confirmed that Anthem will be shown live before an audience at EA Play (June 9th through 11th).

Source: BioWare
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Arktouros

Story based game play makes for a bad game over all. Oh am I the chosen one? Wow. So original. I guess lemme go join this party where they are also all the chosen one as well.

Just stupid.

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Sorenthaz

Yeah, it’s like they learned absolutely nothing from SWTOR.

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oldandgrumpy

Another single player multiplayer game. Guess it will have the same rise and fall as SWTOR then

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Danny Smith

Okay lets see how this one holds up to biowares stellar current gen record.

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hurbster

Nope, bought Andromeda – be a long time before I give Bioware another chance. In fact they have been pretty shoddy since Dragon Age:Origins came out.

Blimey.

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Sorenthaz

In general they’ve been overrated when it comes to actual storytelling and giving meaningful choices in RPGs.

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Utakata

“We can be heroes…”

…that only really worked for Bowie though. :(

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Karma_Mule

Don’t forget the “….just for one day” part. :)

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MrNastyButler

Oh Devs, just shut your mouths and work the keyboards. That’s all you should really do. You guys often cause more problems for your games than actual help. Don’t promise anything, don’t offer solutions for problems that you think is a problem, don’t share insights, just work on designing a product. That’s all you should ever do.

You’re not a PR manager, don’t pretend to be one. Just say, “We are working on a game that we think will be fun.” That’s all you should ever really say.

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Ceres Outpost

The thing I always enjoyed about Star Wars Galaxies, was creating my own story whether it was heroic or not. Hell one of my characters was a contract hunter, collecting resources for crafters. I loved it. I’m just sick to death of always being the hero in games these days.

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Utakata

This sorta works for Blade & Soul…that’s because they have a very intense story line that they immerse you in. And where as, this game is more a RPG with a lot of MMO trappings as opposed to an integrated setting. The problem is, as you may see, the jarring disconnection comes when you just defeated the big baddie and saved the world, only to get one shotted in a dungeon or raid. Or be completely pwn’d by common mobs in the next arc…

So it begs the question really: Which is it? Am I a hero or just some cog trying to do their part? In a multiplayer, I don’t think it’s ever possible to have it both ways.

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shazanti

“But the weight of the world/galaxy/universe is on my shoulders! I’m the Chosen One/Hero/Deity Reborn! Everything depends on ME!”

…that’s an incredibly heavy weight to bear, isn’t it? I do it so often, you’d think I’d be super strong by now.

Sometimes I just want to farm/collect resources. Or explore. Or rob NPCs blind. Or just sing and dance.

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Bannex

On one hand, EA has the ability to make an absolutely terrific game and they have made some great ones.

On the other hand, EA has the ability to absolutely ruin a terrific game and they have on multiple occasions.

I think anthem could be incredible especially because it’s a new IP and EA does pretty well with those but I’m not holding my breath after they stated they’re doubling down on lootboxes.

I’d love to say I’m boycotting all EA games but if this is good and it’s on sale I’ll prob pick it up.

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Sorenthaz

Well, it’s pretty obvious at this point that the Bioware of today is nothing like its “good ol’ days”. Why EA is having Bioware do a game like Anthem instead of a new Star Wars RPG is beyond me, but seems like EA’s ready to put Bioware on the chopping block if Anthem isn’t the big smash hit they hope it’ll be.

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Mr.McSleaz

“I’d love to say I’m boycotting all EA games but if this is good and it’s on sale I’ll prob pick it up.”

That attitude right there is exactly why EA & other “AAA” game companies will never stop screwing over their customer base. People get mad, say they’ll boycott & then they hand their hard earned cash over to the crappy companies.

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Bannex

Except it’s a video game and not voting for governor or anything that has any real effect on my life.

Truth be told I enjoyed both mass effect 3 and DA:I. Furthermore, EA funds their own games. I don’t care what kind of transgressions EA has done with lootboxes or whatever tragedies you are mad at them for but none of it compares to taking people’s money for a kickstarter and walking away with a half finished product or none at all.

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IronSalamander8 .

*chuckles*

They are trying to sell this thing so hard and so many great comments here already on this hero thing. I’ve never been a big BW fan anyway, felt they’ve been overrated for years but SWTOR has turned indifference into disdain and this thing still looks to be a copy of Destiny, Division, etc. and their comments here aren’t changing my mind.

So many are announcing it DoA, but we shall see. I expect it to flop, at least by EA’s crazy standards, but it shall be interesting.

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Sorenthaz

So everyone is a special snowflake in a sky pouring nothing but snowflakes, got it. Nothing new from Bioware.

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Danny Smith

But hold on now, it could also be about an ancient evil awakening to wipe out all life, something fresh and inventive for modern biowares shitty dating sims masquerading as chad rpgs.

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Sorenthaz

Yeah I could definitely see them doing something fresh and original such as a giant ancient evil monstrosity that possesses people to do its bidding and five different colored explosions are available to defeat it with.