Anthem seems to be EA’s answer to Destiny and they seem to be pulling out all of the stops. The game seems to have quite a lot of resemblance to Destiny and that means that there will be a ton of game modes for you to play. However, it seems as if PVP combat does not seem to be a part of it.
It has been confirmed by EA that there will be no PVP mode for Anthem when it is launched towards the end of February next year. However, they have not stated as of yet whether or not there is a plan to bring PVP modes to the game at a later date so it is probable that we might eventually get to battle some actual players.
Anthem PVP Elements
As you know, Destiny has both PVP and PVE game modes. You have the chance to blow the heads off some AI as well as humans. It was expected that EA’s take on that specific sort of genre would have some sort of a game mode that pitted players against one another. However, there seem to be quite a few firsts for this game and it seems to try to be its own thing rather than follow in anyone else’s footsteps.
A good example of this is the fact that while you are able to talk to various different NPCs in the game and build relationships with them, you are unable to romance any of them that was a customary part of Bioware’s previous games. They also plan to add content into the game continuously as is the case with Destiny, so maybe not having a PVP mode is not that terrible of an idea.
Why Anthem is a Great Game as a PVE
The first thing that people need to understand is that the main purpose of games like these is to have a good PVE mode. That is because that is the only good way that people can feel like they are progressing in the game and they can have some form of accomplishment by chasing various different upgrades for their characters.
The fact that there is no PVP for the game at launch means that BioWare can have their full attention put on making the singleplayer and the co-op experience worthwhile before they somehow try to inject PVP into the game.
There is also the fact that BioWare has said that they plan to eventually introduce PVP into the game. Couple that with their statement that they will continue to support the game for many, many years to come with new content updates, this means that there could be more than 1 PVP game mode that is eventually introduced to the game.
No PVP at launch means that BioWare will have ample time to analyze the data and make sure that when they do release a PVP mode, it is well balanced. One of the worst things to experience in online multiplayer is when someone who is far less skilled than you is able to constantly beat you due to having a gimmicky play style that capitalizes on the faults of the game rather than faults of the player. Anthem should not be running into any problem of the sort.
PVP can also cause a negative impact on the PVE. If you do decide to go the route of Destiny and decide to blur the lines between PVP and PVE game modes, then it means that you need to somehow balance weapons and abilities for not just PVP but the PVE modes too. For that reason, many PVE players can be negatively impacted by changes that were caused mainly by PVP only. Anthem will not have this problem at the start and they will have ample time to watch out for problems of this sort.
Continuing from the previous point, the fact that there is no PVP means that the developers have complete discretion on how they want to distribute the loot. If you have a PVP mode, then you need to distribute the loot quite evenly to ensure that players do not become unnecessarily buffed when they fight each other. However, this will not be a problem for Anthem as they will be able to do whatever it is that they want with the loot.
Consider looking at Borderlands 2 and how amazing it is to not have any restrictions on your singleplayer/co-op experience and that is what Anthem could have as well. Many of the weapons in Borderlands 2 will be impossible since they would simply eradicate all the joy from the PVP modes.
Many of the guns would be able to one-time players and will simply ruin the deathmatch experience if it existed in Borderlands 2. The fact that it does not means that they can make the singleplayer experience fun unbelievable and it will be amazing if Anthem is able to achieve something like that too.
Of course, it is not all great as PVP does give you quite a lot of options for how you want to play the game and it brings in new players. PVP also means that people are able to stay in the game for a lot more and there does seem to be a direct relation between PVP games and viewership numbers on streaming sites such as Twitch. Anthem could struggle in this department but we will have to wait and see how the game turns out.
That is all we have for why the lack of Anthem PVP elements could be good. Let us know if we missed something using the comments section below!