Welcome to a world of battle and strife, war-torn with an unknown enemy. Hand in hand with BioWare, this title is expected to be new and different in a “living” shared world. By living, they mean that whatever is going on in the world at that time, everyone is experiencing it across the multiplayer RPG style system.
There is an unknowable force known as Anthem of Creation, and this force is changing the world around you. This will be the center of the game as the world is in a constant state of change in some way or another. According to EA, “experience massive, world-altering occurrences like Shaper Storms. Fight savage beasts and ruthless marauders. Delve forgotten ruins as you seek to defeat the forces plotting to conquer humanity.” So… one might presume we’re on a very changed planet Earth.
You must find your place in this world, or it will kill you. You will play as a freelancer who is uniquely skilled to pilot the exo suits known as Javelins. Ranger, Colossus, Interceptor, and Storm; these are the classes or types of suits available in the game. They all have their own unique abilities, such as the Ranger’s more generalized suit intended for one on one combat, very in your face, and the Colossus is the tank of this game, of course.
So what about customization? Players will have the ability to change the geometry of their suits along with the colors and styles. BioWare wants to make sure their fans can express themselves however they would like. In addition to this, there are no lootboxes. The game will be intended to go on for a long period of time, being expanded on most likely through DLC, though if it will cost isn’t clear. There will be microtransactions, though.
There will be walkers similar to AT-AT’s as well, which will be helpful as some of the creatures appear about AT-AT sized. A bit much for one small Javelin suit, though there does appear to be 4-player co-op. So if you don’t have a walker, at least you have a team! The graphics look quite polished, and despite looking very much like Destiny, it looks like enough work has been put into the game to allow it to stand out. Anthem’s demo is available at E3, and the game itself will come out 22nd February, 2019 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.