Anthem’s live-action video Conviction is serious business

    
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BioWare’s been teasing a new live-action short for Anthem all week, and it’s finally dropped. It’s called Conviction, and it’s credited to Neill Blomkamp, Oats Studios, and BioWare. It feels more like a lore or backstory trailer than a true short story, and given the YouTube comments I don’t think I’m alone in feeling as if the plot wasn’t clearly communicated, but it’s intriguing all the same.

Those of you who’re used to Bungie’s tongue-in-cheek, joke-stuffed Destiny trailers are definitely in for a treat here, as BioWare’s done the exact opposite with Anthem. Will it actually convince anyone to buy? That’s another thing entirely. Enjoy.

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Crowe

Sure, Blomkamp can tell a good story… but can Bio-Ware? (it’s been a good long while since they have)

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PlasmaJohn

SW:TOR’s Knights of the Failed Expansions (KotFE/KotET) also had some really expensive trailers. Total misuse of funds there.

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Armsbend

To me the game’s, and this trailers, greatest strength are it’s natural scenery. It really makes me want those artist to abandon the robot fighting in the jungle for a more real world subject. Their forests look great.

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Vincent Clark

It was an impressive–albeit unexpected–trailer. That’s all I have, sorry :)

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wieland

The quality is better than the old Tabula Rasa Trailer, but, the feel, is alot stronger in Tabula Rasa.
To bad they fucked it up.

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NeoWolf

The visuals on the that live action are nice but the dialogue made me LOL, I was half expecting to hear it end with “ANTHEM..by Paco Rabanne” as it has that whole aftershave commerical vibe to it’s tone.

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A Dad Supreme

I was already buying Anthem, so this doesn’t sway me even as a PvE player.

Even still, I’d watch the shit out of this on Netflix as a series. Looks all sci-fi/Game of Thrones-y.

Too bad this wasn’t a Defiance-like collaboration.

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Xijit

Who knows: maybe Netflix is paying attention.

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rafael12104

Well, I’m already in for Anthem. I will be playing tomorrow. But I think this trailer stands on its own. I would be interested in a movie like this anyway.

Does it really add anything to the Anthem hype? I think so. I’m really looking forward to the Anthem story. Hopefully, Casey Hudson remembered the old ME and ME2 efforts to tell a great story.

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Xijit

I wont be in game till the 22nd, so I can’t look up the exact details till then, but everything that is happening in this trailer is pulled from the in game lore library you build up by finding collectibles scattered around Fort Tarsis and the free play map.

There is actually a lot of meaty lore going on, but the library wasn’t exactly complete in the demo (I completed that objective to find all the lore, but there were still holes in some entries), and I can’t remember all of the names and such.

… worth digging into when you get burnt out from grinding & need a break.

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rafael12104

Yup. I plan to take my time and explore.

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I’ll wait for it to come out on Blu-Ray.

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Alex Willis

I love Neill Blomkamp. I love giant robots. I love epic music.

And yet.

It doesn’t exactly come together, does it? Without any context, the swells of stirring music feel out of place. It screams “generic”.

4/10

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wieland

-I love giant robots. –

3 meters at best.
Oh, and its not robots. Robots dont have pilots. Its an exosceleton or mech.
Try MWO for giant things.

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Alex Willis

I SAID I LOVE GIANT ROBOTS

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Yeah, Bioware hasn’t been pushing the game’s lore, at all, during pre-release. so none of this would make the slightest bit of sense unless you had been digging around in the in game library during the demos.

Cliff notes: alien world (not earth … something that also has not been emphasized enough) where an elder race (the makers) abandoned it and have since disappeared, but left their world creation machines turned on and they have since gone haywire.

Several factions (at lest 2 human, several other alien species, and then the native critters that have become twisted by the artifacts) have set up shop on the planet in order to scavenge the near magical grade technology left behind. At one point Humans were enslaved by one of the alien races, but eventually overthrew them after developing the Javelin power suits. After several hundred years of living on the planet, humans have started to develop psychic abilities which allowed them to hear and interact with the “anthem” of creation (the control signal that keeps turning the makers “artifacts” & “Relics” off and on).

The good of that is Humans were able to start reverse engineering more maker technology / the Bad is that too much exposure to the Anthem drives the psychics insane and fries their minds.

The dominion (the evil human faction) has been trying to weaponize those psychics in an attempt to claim control of the Anthem & gain complete mastery over the maker’s artifacts … which is bad because they are evil as fuck & completely immoral: so if they figure out how to do that, step 2 is to enslave the universe with the Anthem’s psudo-god like powers.

… and there you have the general backstory for what the fuck is going on.

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traja

Thank you for the summary. I played the demo and liked it enough to get the game but I had no idea at all about what was going on with the world or the story.