Earlier today, Electronic Arts revealed “Anthem” as the next major offering from the minds at BioWare.
Its “landscape of primeval beauty” currently remains shrouded in mystery. However, past statements from the publisher and rumors have allowed us to form a small profile on what we can expect from the upcoming title.
What is its history?
During the mid-development phase of Mass Effect: Andromeda, there were rumors that BioWare had cordoned off resources to work on something else called “Project Dylan.” It sparked confusion because many were under the impression that the team behind the original Mass Effect trilogy was working on the new installment in the popular science-fiction franchise.
While there is no way to ascertain just how many prominent figures were involved with the troubled development of Mass Effect: Andromeda, most fans have taken the mixed reception of the game as an indication that majority of the cream was set aside by BioWare for its new franchise.
Project Dylan is Anthem. The revelation has raised the expectations of everyone, who want to know what the creators of the original Mass Effect trilogy have been working on all these years.
What is its genre?
Strangely enough, Anthem is described as an “action adventure” game and not a role-playing experience. The story-telling team at BioWare excels in the latter, but should not be counted out even if the game has slightly deviated from the genre.
The same was assured by Electronic Arts during an earnings call earlier this year when chief executive officer Andrew Wilson promised that we can expect “the great RPG character development and story progression that BioWare is known for.”
What kind of a world can we expect?
Anthem is rumored to be a response to Destiny, a franchise that brings together everyone on an online social-action platform. The short teaser trailer given to us for now, certainly gives legitimacy to that report.
Anthem appears to feature a rich expansive world that is full of life. The beautiful scenery of vast mountains and lush forests makes us hope that we will be able to explore to some degree. This, though, does not confirm an open world setting.
A towering “armored” wall protects a community of people from the dangers outside, which includes gigantic monsters of unknown origins. Despite the absence of the role-playing tag, players can expect to interact with different characters inside the walls to unlock story elements.
What kind of action can we expect?
The focus on soldiers entering mechanical suits confirms that players will not be battling with traditional weaponry. The futuristic aspect may also mean that the game will feature a progression system where these suits can be modded for improvements. Considering the story-telling nature of BioWare, players just might be forced to trade fire inside the walls without relying on sophisticated armaments as well.
What kind of multiplayer service can we expect?
We are yet to receive confirmation but it is safe to safe that Anthem will boast a multiplayer component. During the same aforementioned earnings call, Wilson teased that the game is built around a “live service” for social elements. Considering the reference to Destiny, we might be in for solo as well as cooperative missions. This in turn also spells out looting mechanics as well as raids conducted by forming parties.
What of the morality system?
Anthem teases that “you either live with the choices you make or die trying to change them.” It just might be a one-liner that holds on meaning or we are in store for the morality system, which is signature to the studio’s story-telling games. Knowing about the involvement of the creators of the original Mass Effect trilogy, it is probably the latter.
In a world of monsters and isolated humanity, every dialogue choice taken by players might have dire consequences in the long run.
What are the platforms and release dates?
According to the official YouTube channel of the game, Anthem is slated for a release next spring. It should arrive for all three major platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Since Microsoft will be the one talking about the game during its press conference later today, we can only summarize that it is leading marketing duties. This should mean certain benefits for the Xbox One family.
Microsoft will begin its press conference at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT in a few hours, officially marking the start of this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). We will update this piece based on new information provided for Anthem.