Anthem is the latest new IP from EA studio BioWare, best known for their work on the Mass Effect and Dragon Age games. Previously known only by the codename Dylan, Anthem is the studio's attempt to take on Destiny 2 with a sprawling online action MMO.
First unveiled at E3 2017, Anthem isn't out for quite a while, and we still don't know too much about it. Here's what we do know though, including the release window, platforms, and some basic gameplay and story details.
When is the Anthem release date?
Anthem was originally scheduled for a release in 'fall 2018' (that's autumn for us Brits), but, as reported, EA has now confirmed that Anthem will be released in Q1 2019 - but the company's CFO claims it isn't a delay.
"It’s not a delay," EA CFO Blake Jorgensen told The Wall Street Journal. “People are trying to create a story.” Instead, EA felt that moving Anthem's release date into the first quarter of 2019 would provide the new IP with an open release window, instead of putting it up against established brands in the run up to Christmas.
Which platforms will Anthem be on?
Although Anthem's full gameplay reveal came during the Xbox event at E3 2017, the game isn't a Microsoft exclusive. Instead, it'll be coming to both PS4 and PC as well, and will take full advantage of the 4K-enabled PS4 Pro and Xbox One X.
What is the gameplay like?
EA describes Anthem as a 'shared-world action-RPG', which in practice means it's a bit like Destiny or The Division, a sort of massively multiplayer online shooter.
You play as a Freelancer, tasked with braving the wilderness around a walled city (so far, so Destiny) to protect mankind from the threats that lie beyond. They include huge, savage beasts, and at least some armed enemies called Scars.
To help you survive, you don a Javelin exosuit. These allow you to fly, and are also packed with weapons and abilities. You'll be able to accrue multiple Javelin suits for different situations, and can customise both their loadout and their look.
You'll be able to team up in groups of up to four to complete missions together, though we expect you'll also be able to play most of the game on your own if you prefer.
BioWare general manager Casey Hudson penned a blog post in April 2018 discussing Mass Effect: Andromeda, the lack of DLC and holes in the story that were never filled. “We need to delight players with new experiences and innovation, but we must stay focused on the importance of the world, character, and storytelling elements that players expect from our games,” Hudson wrote.
"It’s in that spirit that we are working through production on Anthem–a game designed to create a whole new world of story and character that you can experience with friends in an ongoing series of adventures. It will be unlike anything you’ve played, but if we do it right, it will feel very distinctly BioWare."
That's about all we know so far, though you can see it in action in a six-minute gameplay trailer from E3 2017: