Anthem has long been teased as an ambitious and promising return to form for BioWare, but, surrounded as the game is by controversy and doubt, its success remains to be seen.

What is Anthem?

Anthem is BioWare’s highly anticipated take on the online action-RPG genre, rivalling recent titles such as Destiny with a similar combination of RPG elements and shooter gameplay. The Mass Effect developer’s new IP promises to deliver a dynamic open world shared by up to four players per team, encouraging exploration and discovery alongside a strong central story.

Boasting the talents of staff members involved in the development of critically acclaimed titles such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and the Mass Effect trilogy, the game is expected to have a great narrative and interesting characters—areas often lacking in other games that share Anthem’s genre.

Why are we excited?

Anticipation for the release of Anthem is more cautious than genuine; though BioWare is an otherwise trusted developer, Mass Effect: Andromeda greatly disappointed fans with its lack of technical polish and lacklustre story, tainting BioWare’s image.

Furthermore, Anthem is being published by EA, a company frequently criticised for hindering development and pushing disliked business models on games at the expense of their overall quality. Add to this concerning factor a seemingly troubled development cycle and indications of microtransactions being included, and many gamers are skeptical of Anthem’s ability to deliver on its ambitious promises; fans anticipating its release are rather more nervously awaiting a verdict on its success.

However, the premise of “Destiny done right” from the developers of Mass Effect is exciting enough on its own. If the game successfully delivers on its ambitions, players can at least expect a technically impressive experience, with polished gameplay and an interesting sci-fi setting, if not also the equally engaging story fans are expecting.

Of particular note will be its large, “contiguous” open world, which appears to allow seamless exploration and smooth transitions into co-operative play. Also of interest is how the game handles the dynamic between single-player and online gameplay, as those users who prefer the former are often left behind in these always-online experiences.

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When can we play it?

Anthem releases on February 22, 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Do you think that Anthem will be a return to form for BioWare after the widespread disappointment surrounding Dragon Age: Inquisition and Mass Effect: Andromeda or do you think it will be yet another step down an ill-considered path? Drop a comment, then come back tomorrow when we take a look at the newest entry in one of the most memorable franchises in modern gaming.

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