What is Anthem?
Anthem is the latest online multiplayer action role-playing game developed by BioWare, and published by EA. It’s similar to games like Destiny 2 and Borderlands 2, but in Anthem you take on the role of Freelancer to complete missions while exploring the open world.
You’ll get to customise your exo-suit - called a Javelin - and level it up, so you can face all the challenges of the “contiguous open world” and vigorous bosses ahead.
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What is Anthem about?
Set in the post-apocalyptic time of an Earth-like planet, your mission is to help the residents of Fort Tarsis survive for another day. The world was originally shaped by mysterious beings (Shapers) wielding a powerful tool called the Anthem of Creation. But they forgot to turn it off when they finished building, so for thousands of years, life has continued to mutate and change while humans struggle to survive against growing militaristic, imperialist factions, like the Dominion.
The shared-world shooter promises to combine exhilarating group combat with captivating personal storylines – while flying around in your Javelin (the exo-suit), just like Iron Man.
When is Anthem out and where can I play it?
Anthem will be released on February 22nd 2019, and will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
What are Anthem's system requirements?
To play Anthem on PC, these are the minimum system requirements you’ll need:
- OS: 64-bit Windows 10
- Processor: Intel Core i5 3570 or AMD FX-6350
- Memory: 8 GB RAM
- Graphics card: Nvidia GTX 760, AMD Radeon 7970
- GPU RAM: 2 GB
- Storage: At least 50 GB of free space
Is Anthem two-player?
Anthem is focused on the multi-player experience, and you can team up with a maximum of three others. So yes, two people could try to tackle it if they wanted.
What kinds of activities are there?
There are both group and solo-friendly activities, such as dungeons, raids and other open world missions. When you’ve finished exploring the single-player hub at Fort Tarsis, join up to three other players and travel through the open world. You can choose to join as a group, or use the match-making system to find new team mates.
Freely explore the land without an assigned mission and group events will randomly spawn at different locations, rewarding you with loot and experience points if you manage to complete them. There are also titbits of lore about the world and Easter eggs dotted around.
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Why is the Javelin important? (the Iron Man exo-suit)
There are four types of Javelin to choose from, and it defines your Anthem game class; Ranger, Colossus, Storm or Interceptor. You can switch between any that you have whenever you want, so you can balance the abilities of the team depending on what’s needed.
Ranger – BioWare describe this a “the everyman’s Javelin’. It’s a good all-rounder for when you don’t really know what you’re up against, because it has a nice balance between agility, firepower and it’s got an interesting melee strike.
Colossus – As hinted at by the name, this is a ‘tank’ option with a heavy shield that can absorb a plethora of damage. It’s also got a legendary level mortar, so it’s good at ranged damage, and there’s a railgun too.
Storm – You could call this the magic class, with the focus being on elemental attacks. These apply status effects, so instead of dealing instant damage, you can set up support for the team. It’s a bit light in the way of armour, but you do get a shield when you’re in the air.
Interceptor – This suit is almost the assassin of the range. It’s fast, with light armour and “powerful blades and a full suite of devastating abilities”. Apparently, it “excels at getting in close to inflict damage and weaken its enemies, then dashing away before they can react”.
With all this to look forward to and more, it’s no surprise people are counting down the days until they finally get their hands on it, and we’ll keep you up to date with all the latest information about this impressive new game as it comes in.
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