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EA took a 'deep dive' into Anthem with three of its developers

By Cal Jeffrey · 11 replies
Jun 10, 2018
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  1. As predicted, Anthem was the highlight of EA’s E3 2018 Saturday presentation. In addition to showing four minutes of never-before-seen gameplay, host Andrea Rene sat down for a 15-minute interview with the developers. BioWare's Casey Hudson, Mark Darrah, and Cathleen Rootsaert provided more details regarding the story and mechanics of Anthem.

    The protagonists are known as Freelancers, a term that specifically means you can change your class at any time to fit a mission, team configuration, or even your mood. The antagonists are called The Dominion. These foes are dead set on creating a super weapon using something called the "Anthem of Creation." If they succeed, it means the end of the world. The Freelancers are not going to let that happen.

    Players can play as four different classes which are defined by their Javelin exosuits. Colossus, Interceptor, Storm, and Ranger suits are available, each with unique abilities. For example, the Colossus specializes in heavy weapons and can take out large groups of enemies. The Ranger, on the contrary, is built for one-on-one combat but is more versatile, specializing in both ranged and close-quarters fighting.

    Having a diverse team is a good idea, but again, the developers emphasized that players are not married to their suits. Different situations may call for different team configurations, so players are allowed to chose which suit they want to use for the occasion.

    The Javelins can be customized to suit the player as well. Mark Darrah, executive producer on the project said that the exosuits would have a wide range of customizable options. Players will be able to customize the loadout of their Javelin as well as cosmetic features.

    “We really want players to express themselves, both through customizing the way their Javelin plays through gear and weapons, but also being able to personalize the way that it looks — both through paint jobs as well as changing the actual geometry of the suit itself.”

    While the game was designed from the ground up as a four-player co-op, the devs confirmed players would be able to play through the game solo. However, they did also note that playing solo can be more difficult.

    It also sounds like BioWare plans on having a considerable amount of future DCL for Anthem.

    "We're also designing it so that we can add story for years to come," said Lead Writer Cathleen Rootsaert.

    She explained that community feedback on other BioWare IPs like Dragon Age and Mass Effect has driven them to write the story in such a way as to leave opportunities to expand the universe and the lore later down the road.

    "No loot boxes — no ability to pay for power — no ability to spend money on gameplay advantages at all."

    Because we are talking about EA here, arguably the best news coming out of the interview was that the game would not have loot boxes. It’s a pretty sad state of affairs when developers can publically tout that as if it was a feature and get a round of applause from the audience. The game will have cosmetic and vanity items for purchase, but “no ability to pay for power.”

    Anthem will be launching February 22, 2019, on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. That is slightly earlier than the previously estimated March release window.

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  2. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,664   +424

    "No loot boxes — no ability to pay for power — no ability to spend money on gameplay advantages at all."

    Just learn from Valve you dipshits. The CS:GO / Dota 2 skin market is massive (has declined). I don't care for loot boxes if they are cosmetic only and can trade between friends, but P2W packs is a nono and have no place in an online multiplayer game or even single-player games (looking at your Assassins Creed).
  3. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,618   +2,352

    Reminds a lot of Tribes.
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  4. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,467   +1,253

    I'm struggling to believe EA at the moment:

    Battlefield 5: Won't have a Premium Pass or Loot Boxes
    Anthem: Won't have Loot Boxes

    I'm just struggling a bit here, They sold millions of premium passes, even if they were half price they made a ton of money from it, I don't trust EA anymore so I'm very intrigued by what they have up their sleeve.

    DLC only available via streaming service? DLC is going to cost £40 a pop? Skins are going to be £10 each? This is EA we're talking about here, I do not believe for one second, they're giving up that much money to keep fans happy. They will have something to extract more money, we just don't know it yet.
  5. David Matthews

    David Matthews TS Maniac Posts: 250   +50

    I'm cautiously optimistic. The look and feel of the game seems fantastic although it really does look like a third person Destiny lol. That said, I hope it has an actual story campaign instead of having it tacked on like Destiny did
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  6. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,393   +965

    Considering it's going to be a Bioware story, that has my hopes up (despite ME3's ending lol)
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2018
  7. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,787   +3,168

    Word of warning, the same guy who screwed the ending of ME3 is overseeing Anthem as well. Better hope he doesn't get another "spur" of creativity and decides to take over writing the ending again. Casey Hudson is a good director but he clearly isn't a writer.
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2018
  8. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,294   +1,747

    Looking at the reaction of the crowd and of the people online, Anthem looks like it will flop. It's just another Destiny clone with a gimmick.
  9. alabama man

    alabama man TS Guru Posts: 563   +355

    Well in CS the skins make stuff look worse so I wouldn't use them even if I got them. If there were actually cool skins I wouldn't want them to be behind paywalls.
  10. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,664   +424

    To each their own of course. It's your choice, it's matter of showing "prestige" as well as making money for everyone involved without pushing DLC... so yarrrrrrrrr
  11. ManicWeasel

    ManicWeasel TS Rookie

    That's exactly what I was thinking. I loved loved LOVED Tribes.

    I wonder if they will have the same ability to place turrets, etc.???
  12. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,742   +1,489

    Hmm; Are you aware that Anthem is a well known health care provider???

    Most seniors know this name well, so it's a real chuckle to see it mentioned in this context :grin:
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2018

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