Xbox’s E3 press conference was closed out with the gameplay reveal of Anthem, the new IP from BioWare and EA coming in 2018.
Anthem is a shared-world shooter, not unlike Bungie and Activision’s Destiny. The key difference here is that Anthem is a third person Action RPG, and looks to feature up to four player cooperative play versus Destiny’s standard three player (raids excluded).
Instead of Guardians, players are Freelancers who don exosuits known as Javelins. These Javelins have different abilities that act as classes of sort. A balanced Ranger was shown, as well as a tank like Colossus.
Anthem features an open world that you can explore with your friends flying through the air with a jetpack and even swimming underwater. There’s even world events with massive enemies.
Check out the gameplay reveal below, which was shown running on Xbox One X:
Anthem is slated for a release sometime in 2018 for PC, Xbox, and PS4.
Smith’s Sentiment: As a HUGE Destiny fan, this is the game I was most looking forward to seeing at Microsoft’s conference. It’s long been rumored to be a “Destiny clone,” and seeing it in action, I don’t think that’s really the case. It’s a shared world shoot and loot, but that’s about it from what we’ve seen. It’s a more realistic art style and of course looks amazing as any Frostbite game does.
While it may not be a clone, I think it’s definitely being intended by EA as being their “Destiny killer.” I don’t think it will succeed there. I walked away from the reveal thinking the game looks fantastic graphically, but only thinking the actual game will be good. Nothing about it screamed “this is a game I’ll sink 2,500 hours into.” There’s still so much we don’t know about the game that will further factor into it, but I think this game has as much chance at being a “Destiny killer” as The Division did, which is to say not much.
Still, I remain very interested in Anthem and think it can definitely coexist with the Destiny fanbase as well as carve off its own market. Going to be interested in seeing what there is to do in relation to daily grinding and end game, as well as what, if any, PVP the game has.