E3 is always full of surprises, and one announcement we weren't expecting at E3 2017 was a whole new game from BioWare, called Anthem.
From the short trailer shown at EA Play keynote we can get a tiny glimpse of the game world wall that's the only thing that separates the civilized world from a dangerous and savage animals. Exosuits also seem to play a big part in surviving in the wilderness, and a player might jump into them as part of the game.
But while EA gave us our first taste of the game and what we might find in its Pandora-esque world, Microsoft gave us our first true look.
BioWare describes Anthem as "a new game from EA's BioWare studio, explore a landscape of primeval beauty, confront the dangers you find, and grow in power with every step".
It's the first game BioWare has unveiled since its polarizing Mass Effect Andromeda, and it looks to build on BioWare's legacy of great Sci-Fi games.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? BioWare's newest IP
- When can I play it? Autumn 2018
- What can I play it on? To be announced
EA meets its Destiny in Anthem
The premise we know so far is that humanity is holed up in a bastion, cut off from the outside world. Venturing out, it appears, requires a suit of armor that will help fend off the wilds of the Pandora-esque planet.
EA is describing it as "a shared-world action RPG where Freelancers challenge the wilds past the wall, exploring a vast world filled with savage beasts and ruthless marauders, but also teeming with amazing technology and forgotten treasures". If this sounds like Destiny, you're not crazy.
"Players will be able to join with their friends to unravel the world's mysteries and defeat the forces plotting to conquer humanity."
Okay, this is Destiny.
"Throughout their journeys, players can outfit their Freelancers with powerful Javelin exosuits, each of which are equipped with unique weapons and abilities. Freelancers can customize their Javelin with gear they earn and craft throughout the adventure, and leave a lasting mark on the world".
Admittedly, the word Freelancers make the game sound a bit more like a Borderlands game than Destiny, but considering that your class is determined by which Javelin you have on, we're still seeing Destiny written all over it.
Life after Andromeda
Anthem will be BioWare's first title after the somewhat polarizing Mass Effect: Andromeda, a game that was both loved and hated.
Interestingly, though, Anthem seems to borrow heavily from Mass Effect, as well as titles like Destiny and the smash manga, Attack on Titan.
We'll need to see more of the game to make more deductions as to what's going on, but based on BioWare's love of outer space (see: Mass Effect and Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic), we could very easily be looking at the developer's next big Sci-Fi epic.
While we don't have an exact release date for the game, EA says gamers will get their hands on it in autumn 2018.
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