E3 2018: BioWare’s Anthem has soloable co-op open world, no lockboxes, a sweet trailer, and a February 22 launch

At this afternoon’s EA Play, EA and BioWare have revealed Anthem’s brand-new trailer. The game is now slated to launch on February 22nd, 2019.

During the developer discussion, BioWare said it recognized the problems inherent in storytelling in a multiplayer shared world (reiterating Casey Hudson’s dev blog from not that long ago), but it thinks it’s found a way to reconcile driving the story without sacrificing multiplayer gameplay.

Characters will play as “freelancers” piloting Javelin exosuits, trying to survive in a hostile environment, and fighting the bad guys trying to exploit the power. There are four Javelins, each with a different way to play the game: Ranger, Colossus, Interceptor, Storm. “You are not your suit,” BioWare cautions; you can flip between them depending on the gameplay you want to take part in from moment to moment.

Customization and personalization of weapons – paint jobs and suit geometry changes – are all on the table.

Soloing the game is possible, just difficult – the game really being built for co-op. PvP will not be in at launch, and the game will not feature BioWare’s patented romance options.

As for monetization, there will be “cosmetic and vanity items” for sale in the ongoing service. “There are no lootboxes and no ability to pay for power,” BioWare says.

The game was first revealed at E3 last year as what we characterized as a shared-world multiplayer action-RPG – basically, a Destiny clone in a more organic setting, with a story penned by famed Star Wars author Drew Karpyshyn. Last year, EA was plugging it as part of its 10-year plan. But then the game’s gameplay designer, Corey Gaspur, passed away suddenly, and at the beginning of 2018, EA announced that Anthem had been moved to 2019 (the company resisted the word “delay,” but that’s what it was). A few months later, we learned that multiple developers had left BioWare and Anthem, including Karpyshyn, and that BioWare had shifted some SWTOR development to the new game.

The company’s last financial report pegged the game for March 2019. The press conference today now says February 22, 2019.

Massively Overpowered is on the ground in Los Angeles, California, for E3 2018, bringing you expert MMO coverage on Anthem, The Division 2, Skull & Bones, and everything else on display at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo!
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Sally Bowls

BTW, to those commenters who talk about buying/not buying: “buying” is so 2017.

https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2018-06-09-origin-access-premier-will-unlock-every-new-ea-game-on-pc

EA has announced Origin Access Premier, a new PC subscription service which will get you access to new games as they arrive.

It starts with the next FIFA and Madden, and will also of course include Battlefield V and BioWare’s Anthem next year.

Think of it like Microsoft’s own Xbox Game Pass, although there’s no console version. The service will cost £14.99 per month or £89.99 per year.

As always, I want to Bree to win the lottery, buy up some MMOs and take them to the Island of Misfit MMOs where $200 per annum gets you sub/pref access to all of Rift, LotRO, STO, SWTOR, et al.

I do think this is something we could and probably will overanalyze. But it seems to me AYCE subs will have to have an impact. Picture that you are a hard-working Indie dev. You already have the issues with dealing with Steam. Now a customer has to decide whether to buy your game or just play something like Anthem for no additional cost.

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Sally Bowls

I’m amazed that Anthem has achieved what I thought was impossible, caused MOP commenters to say some semi-nice things about Destiny! :-) Grats to them for that at least.

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John Artemus

I liked the song at the end. That was about it.

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flamethekid .

EA Trying to get a slice of that warframe cake that seems to be looking so good lately I see

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Hirku

*Shrug*

Nothing terrible, nothing amazing. If I want something like this I’ll just play Warframe.

Cadaver
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Cadaver

That just isn’t what I want from a Bioware game. This is what EA and their shareholders want from a Bioware game. I’ll pass.

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Blaaznar

Interesting choice of music; wonder if they’re gonna use Muse for anything other than the trailer.

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Adam

Doubt it, when there’s a song that’s very current everyone has to use it in their trailer. Never to be heard again. During the 80 hour or so marathon they have every year showing the previous entire run of Walking Dead they had a song in the new season trailer , 2 minutes later it was used for another trailer of a…Space Marine game.

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NeoWolf

Nothing I have seen causes me any worries so far for the most part (see below), which is a relief. Now if they can just not fu** it up in the meantime..happy days! :)

If it has singleplayer story which it does then I kind of salty about the no romance thing as it has always been an aspect of Bioware games I enjoy.

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LusitanGaming .

https://www.gameinformer.com/video-interview/2018/06/09/123-rapid-fire-questions-about-anthem

Timestamp for the PvP details is 6:21

Other informational tidbits
– Cosmetic-only microtransactions, no lootboxes
– 30 FPS on consoles, unlocked framerate on PC
– PC release same day as consoles
– No snowy or desert areas
– Anthem will be a GaaS, likely to be the only one in the series
– Environmental destruction, unlikely to be permanent
– Character creator, character is voiced, all are humans
– No character creation after initial creation at launch
– No AI party members
– No romances
– All Javelin classes are available, can swap outside of missions, no point to starting a new character
– Hubs include Fort Tarsus, the forward base walkers (non-pilotable), and an “apartment”
– No other players in hubs, hubs are for story progression
– Non-infinite inventory
– After tutorial, no missions have to be played solo, can start playing co-op right after
– There are levelled areas that low-level characters should avoid at first
– No underwater fights
– Flying has a vertical limit
– Conversation choices return, but branches are simpler
– No co-op story decisions
– No loot sharing, swapping, or stealing
– Bioware trying to control for griefing as much as possible
– “No answer” regarding public beta

Aelzen
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Aelzen

No loot sharing/swapping. Does this mean no trading? It sounds like a roundabout way of saying no trading.

Bannex
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Bannex

Looks sweet. I also love the fact that they fund their own games.

An ea announcement never fails to bring out the trolls :D

borghive
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borghive

Just play Destiny, looks like the same game. *wink*

Bannex
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Bannex

Except d2 sucks and no it really doesn’t. I can’t fly in destiny besides bungie is hellbent on destroying that franchise.