Although it was clear that BioWare’s Anthem would be a third-person affair, due to BioWare’s history of past developed games and Anthem’s previously shown game demos. But there may be a chance the new IP may contain some first-person shooter mechanics.
According to a recent job posting by EA for a ‘Principal Gameplay Designer’ for Anthem, one of the requirements for the job are to have, “To have exceptional hands-on experience with game mechanics in 1st or 3rd person shooters space”; hinting that EA might be adding a first-person mode to the game.
It can be said that this could be EA taking inspiration or implementing ideas from its other titles like Star Wars Battlefront 2 and placing them into Anthem, since SW: Battlefront 2 had both camera modes and also uses the same game engine.
EA could be trying to make Anthem seem as accessible as possible to a broad audience; as the possibility of an optional first-person mode may attract a demographic that may have otherwise, been completely uninterested prior.
Anthem has been reportedly in development since 2012 but there is still some time before it sees the light of day.
EA recently confirmed that the much awaited Anthem has been delayed for another year and will probably release in the first quarter of 2019 or fourth quarter of the 2019’s fiscal year.
A lot is riding on Anthem, especially after the sub-par sales, reviews and buggy release of BioWare’s Mass Effect: Andromeda last year. If things don’t go well, BioWare may find themselves going the way of Dead Space creators, Visceral Games after EA shut them down. EA has already absorbed BioWare’s Montreal studio into the EA Motive studio.
We hope for BioWare’s sake, Anthem meets EA’s lofty expectations when it does release as EA has a history of closing down studios it acquires if they don’t their high sales criteria.