Anthem is BioWare’s new loot shooter. It is a shared-world game, which mixes compelling group combat with an immersive personal story. Anthem was first announced at 2017’s E3, and it stood out with its gorgeous graphics and interesting combat.
The Anthem demo became available on January 25th for Origin access premiere subscribers and pre-orders.
For anyone else, it will be available on February 1st. The demos are intended to give you a proper taste of the whole game. BioWare has stated that the balance in the demo is going to be different than in the final product. There is going to be altered economy, tutorial levels, and more. The demo’s size is a bit over 43GB, so make sure to free some room for it in advance.
The release of the full game is going to be on February 22nd. Initially, the game was expected as a Q4 2018 release, but it got delayed until this year. The subscription to Origin access premiere costs about $15 per month and grants you access to a wide variety of Origin games to play.
The requirements for Anthem are:
Minimum system requirements:
- Processor: Intel Core i5 3570 or AMD FX-6350
- Graphics card: Nvidia GTX 760, AMD Radeon 7970
- Memory: 8 GB RAM
- GPU RAM: 2 GB
- Storage: >50 GB
- OS: 64-bit Windows 10
Recommended system requirements:
- Processor: Intel Core i7 4790 3.6 GHz or AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5 GHz
- Graphics card: Nvidia GTX 1060/RTX 2060, AMD RX 480
- Memory: 16 GB RAM
- GPU RAM: 4 GB
- Storage: >50 GB
- OS: 64-bit Windows 10
As the release date nears, more new information is surfacing. The lead producer and the senior level designer of the game played together and revealed some new info from the demo. First of all, it became known that there is a limit to how high up in the air can someone get. There are six difficulty modes – besides the usual easy, normal, and hard, there are 3 tiers of Grandmaster. As the difficulty mode becomes higher, the more damage and HP the enemies have, but the loot also gets better.
What exactly is Anthem?
Anthem is an RPG online shooter. It is played in multiplayer and reminds players of games like Warframe, Destiny 2, and Borderlands 2. The game is set in the sci-fi future. The players take on the roles of freelance pilots of an exosuit, named “Javelin”. You can play solo or with up to 3 teammates. Your goal is to complete quests, explore the vast open world, level up, customize your Javelin, and stand against powerful bosses. Anthem can also be played single player, but it always requires an Internet connection. It has a branching story, but not developed as much as in other BioWare games. Unlike Dragon Age or Mass Effect, you do not have romance options. You can do microtransactions but only for buying cosmetic gear. The story missions are free for everyone. There is no PvP with the release of the game. There is built-in matchmaking, so you will not have a problem with finding a squad, even with the more difficult activities.
What is the story of Anthem?
The game is set on a post-apocalyptic planet, similar to Earth. The planet is shaped by the progenitors with the help of a mystical tool, called the “Anthem of Creation”. However, the progenitors did not turn the tool off and for hundreds and hundreds of years, it has been changing and mutating life, while the humans struggled for survival against enemies like The Dominion. Your mission as a freelancer is to assist the people in Fort Tarsis. Help them survive for another day, while you discover the secrets of the “Anthem of Creation”.
Anthem is played in 3rd person view. The combat is group-centered. And you are the pilot of a flying Javelin. You get to choose out of 4 Javelins. Each Javelin has its own style and abilities. You can swap the Javelins between missions. They can be regarded as standard RPG classes. Each Javelin has 2 slots for customizable gear, a support ability, and an ultimate ability. Enemies are going to drop loot, which will increase your gear’s power. Apart from leveling up from XP, the loot will also offer you some new abilities with each step up.
- Colossus – This is the tank of the whole group. It uses heavy weaponry, but cannot have access to lighter gear. Its special is to use rockets and long-range artillery.
- Ranger – It can do almost everything – wield everything except heavy weapons and use grenades. Its launcher deals extra damage.
- Storm – This is the mage of the group. It uses 2 types of seals, in order to cast its element abilities.
- Interceptor – This is the rogue. It comes and goes out of combat. Uses melee weapons for dealing high damage to the unsuspecting.
Anthem surprises players with the addition of the combos in battle. These combos are able to deal huge damage if executed correctly. There are a lot of abilities, which can deal elemental damage, and teams of players can coordinate their special attacks. They can trigger those abilities one after another in-game, in order to do combos that will devastate the enemy.
Activities in Anthem
Anthem incorporates in itself both solo- and group-activities like raids, dungeons, and open-world mission. The open world uses special dedicated servers, which support up to 4 players at all times. You can either play in a group or find strangers online.
You can play in “Free play” where different group events spawn randomly at various locations. These events reward you with experience points and loot. Players are also able to discover new information and lore about the game.
The story itself progresses through doing Missions, which you can do either alone, or in a team. These missions are scripted and take you to set destinations, where you learn more about the character, the back-story, and the world as a whole.
There is a typical dungeon-like experiences, called “Strongholds”. They require a full team of 4, in order to be completed. In the Strongholds groups of players are going to challenge much tougher enemies, in return for more valuable loot. These “dungeons” will only take around 30-45 minutes to complete and are not essential for the story.
At the beginning of Anthem you start with the Ranger, but later you will have the chance to build the remaining Javelins and the different versions of them, too. All of them will be unlocked by the time you are done with the story mode of the game. The Ranger is meant for precision play. It relies on different weapons and abilities, in order to target specific enemy units. The Interceptor has its strong melee, which allows for launching into battle and dealing massive damage, before bailing out. The Colossus is perfect for the front lines and can endure severe attacks, thanks to its massive shield and heavy armor. The Storm, with its element attacks, is one of the most powerful Javelins. However, its light armor ensures its status as a “glass cannon”.
Each of the Javelins can be customized for further roles. For example, the Ranger can be equipped to survive on its own by using balanced weaponry when playing solo. In a group, you can customize with tech, which makes you either the damage dealer or the support of the team.
How will the demo be different from the full game?
Recently, Mark Darrah – the Executive producer of Anthem answered to this question. He said that players will start without a tutorial or a pilot picker. A pilot picker is the customization of the face and voice of your character. The balance of the game is going to be vastly different, as well as the economy. Bugs are going to be fixed. The controls for PC are going to be less nuanced. Some things in the full game are going to be with a different name. The demo is less difficult than the full game. Vanity will be able to be purchased for both purchased and earned currency.