PAX West 2018: Anthem’s trailer touts ‘real-time storytelling’ content

    
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Hooray, no shouting LFG for hours, that's enticing.

BioWare published a new trailer for Anthem at PAX West today, this one focused on the game world and just what you’ll be doing in this “reinvention” of multiplayer real-time storytelling content. If you cup your hand to your ear, you can hear remnants of the old BioWare fourth pillar.

“At the heart of Anthem is the concept of Our World, My Story – the distinctive combination of a shared, dynamic world and a personal story. Discover how these two elements help create a connected world that remains unique to every player.”

However, it seems clear that the NPCs you’ll be interacting with aren’t exactly what fans of, say, Mass Effect might expect; the conversations you’ll have with missiongivers in Fort Tarsis – shown in the video – won’t actually have any impact on the overarching story. But damn, does it look cool. Oh yeah, and it’s gorgeous. Launch is still slated for February 22nd, 2019.

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rafael12104

That is nice. But I don’t believe a word of it until I see it for myself.

Let us not forget, Mass Effect Andromeda and that hype which turned out to be bs.

It’s the Little Red Ridinghood Effect right now no matter what Casey Hudson says.

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Necromonger

Most games are getting so hyped up that it leads to a massive disapointment.

It looks and feels abit like Destiny 2 wich was the biggest letdown in a very very long time.

I hope Anthem is a great succes but i wont buy it untill i see my own favo youtubers picking this game apart.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Oh, yeah. That’s hot. But part way through this it seemed like I had heard it all before. What was the name of that game again, the one with your personal story?

Sarcasm aside, it’s really great PR. They managed to make it sound exciting and interesting. Definitely worth watching at least one gameplay video.

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ghostlight

For me, Anthem will always be a very good little novella by Ayn Rand and a great Rush song based on it. ;-)

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Rhapsody

I think people are being a bit to negative about this game, it has the potential to offer the best parts of Destiny, Swtor and Warframe. Its good to be skeptical but the criticism toward this game has been way overblown given how little we know about it.

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jay

It’s being driven by EA. I mean if you need more than that to tell you what it’s business model, quality, customer service, and long term viability will be; then I don’t know what else we can talk about.

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Rhapsody

I agree thats arguably the biggest concern, EAs track record. I presume Bioware can still deliver a good game, we’ll see how much EA can fuck it up.

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Michael18

“it all depends on the decisions you make”

“a reinvention of personal narrative in a multiplayer game”

“As a Freelancer, you are … the key to the fate of everyone.”

This must be the biggest marketing BS since “SWTOR stands as one of the greatest and most ambitious achievements in video game history.”

OTOH, you gotta admire the people doing these trailers. What they are basically saying is:
side-quests in instances, lore unlocks in open world, main quest in town hub.
But they make it sound like the greatest revolution in gaming, if you let yourself be carried away by the looks and sounds of the trailer.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I’d like this 100 more times if I could.

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Rolan Storm

Looks like an effort to implement design they had for “KotOR Online”.

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Mateusz Pachnik

Would prefer KotOR Online still >.<

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Rolan Storm

You and me both. I find amusing that both SWG and SWTOR being opposite in design ideas was dumbed down to WoW standard and had fates of mediocrity while both were destined to be diamonds.

Alas, marketing strategies.

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Mateusz Pachnik

Don’t forget it is EA after all, it’s not even funny for me…

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Rolan Storm

It is EA, they do things their way. Usually people are not amused. On the other hand – I keep saying it – they are still here. People criticize them for doing bad decisions, but they are not here to be fluffy. They are making money.

Too bad they do it this way. I mean I was sure those “KotOR 3 Online”rumors was just wishful thinking and now a dev came forward, confirming: yes, folks – this is it. It is true. All of it.

That was not amusing.

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Sleepy

God, not again. That green barrier in SWTOR was literally like stepping onto a stage. I wish developers would stop pandering to the personal-hero-story rubbish in multiplayer games.

One of the reasons I liked Planetside (1 and 2) so much is that they put systems and a game world in place where cool stories could happen organically. They didn’t happen as often, but were different for everyone. You ended up with genuine war stories.

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jay

It sounds like you might really enjoy New World. If you can put aside the whole pvp thing for a moment to actually take a look at the other things they are putting in the game. Sadly many people just stop when they see pvp.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Sadly many people just stop when they see pvp.

This is a tad bit like saying that soccer fans would enjoy American football if they could just get over the shape of the ball. PvP is at the heart of New World. It doesn’t matter how attractive the rest of the game is. Those other things are meaningless when the gameplay is all about having everything you have taken from you or torn down. Of course we haven’t seen New World yet, so there’s just a lot of speculation, but we all know what developers intend when they label their game a “sandbox”.

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Droniac

This sounds a bit like SWTOR quest-givers.

They’re doing a great job of making this game look less appealing with every reveal.

However, it seems clear that the NPCs you’ll be interacting with aren’t exactly what fans of, say, Mass Effect might expect; the conversations you’ll have with missiongivers in Fort Tarsis – shown in the video – won’t actually have any impact on the overarching story.

Doesn’t this depend on which Mass Effect you’re a fan of?

Surely fans of Mass Effect 2 enjoy BioWare games with overly prominent characters that are irrelevant to the overarching story? Indeed, they’d be used to BioWare games that barely have an overarching story to begin with.

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Sim

electronic arts… ahem.. cough… ahem… . …

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Weilan

When I saw the thumbnail of the article, before I read anything, my first thought was “New Bioshock game?”