In an interview with CBC Radio, Bioware General Manager Aaron Flynn shed some more light on the company’s highly anticipated new IP, Anthem.
Revealed during E3 2017, Anthem has been the talk of gaming communities ever since. The revealed game had some extra lights on it partly due to the mediocre Mass Effect Andromeda and theories that resources were shifted to Anthem which resulted in Andromeda failing.
On the surface, Anthem looks like another game sharing the same DNA as Bungie’s Destiny and Ubisoft’s The Division. During the interview, Aaron clarified the genre under which Anthem falls.
The game is pretty much what it looks like, an amalgam of multiple genres. In Aaron’s own words:
So the mechanics are, there are shooting mechanics in it, it’s an action game, it’s a roleplaying game, it’s got a lot of those elements to it that let you just become a character and participate in this. It’s co-operative…… It’s very much like Star Wars, very much like the Marvel universe where you see a lot of amazing things happening but we don’t worry too much about why they’re happening or how they’re happening, the science of it. Mass Effect is more of a real hardcore science-fiction IP, this one is much more about just having fun in a game world that is lush and exotic and really sucks you in
According to Aaron, Anthem has been in development for 5 years, pretty much the same time when Mass Effect Andromeda started. However, the game apparently still has a lot to achieve which is why there is no rush in releasing it.
So far, our only look at Anthem has been the gameplay footage showcased during E3, from Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One X. Something which also sparked some controversy recently when Sony tried to use the same footage on their channel and pass it off as PS4 Pro gameplay.
Anthem is currently slated for a Fall 2018 release. More gameplay for the title is expected to be revealed during Gamescom later this year.