Bioware’s Anthem Is More Star Wars Than Mass Effect

Jun 27, 2017 7:18am AST
Bioware's Anthem Is More Star Wars Than Mass Effect
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BioWare’s new IP Anthem has had a lot of speculation, and interest, surrounding it since it was first announced at E3 2017. When first announced, many thought it would be similar in style to the likes of Mass Effect, or other AAA titles in the science fiction genre. However, BioWare have said that the game will be more Star Wars than Mass Effect.

Or, at least, that’s according to BioWare GM Aaryn Flynn. Speaking to CBC, Mr. Flynn spoke about how the game compares to past titles that the studio has released, as well as a more accurate genre description. In Mr. Flynn’s words:

“It’s in a genre we call science fantasy. Very much like Star Wars, very much like the Marvel Universe where you see a lot of amazing things happening but we don’t worry too much about why they are happening or how they’re happening; the science of it. Mass Effect is a more a real hardcore science-fiction IP [but Anthem] is much more about just having fun in a game world that lush and exotic and really sucks you in.”

First announced at E3 2017, it was revealed that BioWare Edmonton, the studio behind the critically and commercially acclaimed Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, was taking the developmental lead. With that kind of pedigree behind the game, Anthem should have no problem fitting in to the science fantasy genre. The game pits players in the role of a Freelancer tasked with exploring unknown planets and protecting humanity.

You’ll be able to outfit your Freelancer with customizable exo-suits called Javelins, which can be equipped with a range of new gear you either craft or acquire. The game is being “built around a live service” and features a heavy emphasis on cooperative play. EA has confirmed that up to four players can team up to complete missions together. So far, no official release date has been announced.

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