Anthem is a couple of months away from launch and Bioware is revealing more and more about the game. This time Bioware has showcased some new Anthem gameplay along with Strongholds which are basically dungeons.
The Anthem Stronghold showcased by Bioware during the recent live stream is The Temple of the Scars. As you can see in the video below, Anthem Stronghold is quite similar to Strikes in The Division if you can see past the flashy gameplay mechanics.
These Anthem Strongholds look like fun if you are playing with friends. There is a lot of enemy variety and every player has to play its part to progress ahead. Also, Bioware confirmed these Anthem Strongholds will become available as players approach the end game.
Speaking of the game, Anthem is a live service and Bethesda plans to support it long term. Not only that, the studio has confirmed that it has no plans for Anthem 2 and will support the game for a foreseeable future.
Furthermore, not all of the Anthem DLC will require you to pay up. Bioware has confirmed that all story DLC for Anthem will be free. While it is surprising since it is published by EA but still, it’s a great step from the developers.
Also, Anthem being a live-service game is quite different from usual single-player games from Bioware. Meaning, the studio is out of its comfort zone but, for Bioware it is Invigorating.
This is according to creative director Jonathan Warner, who noted that talking about Anthem gameplay instead of its world and narrative is very invigorating.
It’s very refreshing, it’s invigorating. And usually, when you talk about a Mass Effect or a Dragon Age, people invariably end up talking about the plots or the points, and it’s very refreshing, when people talk about Anthem, they talk about flying or fighting monsters, or the gear, the Javelins, and it’s been a great opportunity for us to put gameplay first.
Last year, Bioware launched Mass Effect Andromeda. The game was criticized for its facial animations which have fans worried about the upcoming Anthem.
However, Bioware has promised that it won’t use Andromeda’s facial tech for Anthem. The studio noted that Anthem utilizes a new facial animations technique that won’t break the immersion.
Anthem is an open-world multiplayer game in development at Bioware. The game rolls out on February 22, 2019, for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.