Latest trailer for Anthem is a live-action prequel by District 9 director

Cal Jeffrey

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Independent film production company Oats Studios, best known for sci-fi shorts Adam and Zygote, has released a live-action trailer for BioWare’s upcoming Destiny-killer. Anthem Conviction is a short film based in the Anthem universe and set several decades before the game. The trailer was directed by Neill Blomkamp, whom you might have heard of if you’ve seen District 9.

It tells the story of a girl who was found by Freelancers in the jungle outside of Fort Tarsis. The young woman seems to be of particular interest to the Dominion, a society which serves as the antagonist in the game. The girl eventually becomes a freelancer herself, donning a red Ranger Javelin.

The trailer-like style of the short prevents it from telling a coherent narrative, but after watching it a couple of times, you can pick up a bit of lore regarding the world of Anthem. It leaves you thinking and feeling like there should be a more movie-like followup to come. However, that does not seem to be the case — at least for now.

Anthem launches next week on February 22 on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. If you are a PC player and have an Origin Access membership, you can download and start playing tomorrow February 15. Premier Origin Access memberships are $15 per month or $100 per year. The game itself will run you $60 for the standard edition and $80 for the Legion of Dawn Edition, which includes five different legendary weapons and Javelin armors, and the official soundtrack.

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m4a4

TS Evangelist
Story teased? Meh.
CGI (for a short)? Decent.

Wish they did more action though...
 

Jamibi

TS Enthusiast
Personally, I can't wait for Anthem, but this Origin Access early access stuff really, really, really puts a downer on it. I can't wait until they stop this practice, the only reason I'm going to buy the premier sub for early access is because I got the game free with my new GPU (this is why they won't stop, because *****s like me encourage it)

I had the special edition pre-ordered before, £65 or whatever for the game, but I'd play a week later than those who opt to pay £13.99 for a subscription to play it? Just makes no sense to me whatsoever. Especially a game that seems to go for the long term grind, having a week headstart is huge!
 
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Hexic

TS Evangelist
I think this is going to be an over-hyped game that launches to more disappointment than expected.

I hope I'm wrong.
 

Cal Jeffrey

TS Evangelist
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I had the special edition pre-ordered before, £65 or whatever for the game, but I'd play a week later than those who opt to pay £13.99 for a subscription to play it? Just makes no sense to me whatsoever. Especially a game that seems to go for the long term grind, having a week headstart is huge!
But it's co-op. Those who have a headstart are going to help you, not hurt you.
 

Burty117

TechSpot Chancellor
If this movie hit theaters, it would stop half way through and offer the rest as a paid DLC.
Come on! They're trying to repair their image! The movie will play mostly uninterrupted.

They'll just offer some random Loot Boxes which'll have a small collection of behind-the-scenes. It'll only cost a couple of Hundred dollars to see them all...