At PAX East, BioWare has revealed quite a lot of new information about Anthem.
For example, we learned that the single-player story’s key decisions would be made in Anthem‘s central hub called Fort Tarsis. We’ll meet the characters and interact with the storylines here, and this place is also where we’ll pick up the missions, too. The missions will all be set outside Tarsis. Tarsis will also make us experience the game in a first-person view, while the missions will be in the already seen third-person perspective.
The game’s dialogue system was also introduced. We’ll only have two options (which isn’t a lot – in fact, even Mass Effect: Andromeda had four or even more!), and they won’t have moral systems behind them – they’ll only have a different tone. Why the downgrade? „We are showing this to an audience that is not used to this kind of decisions and conversations. We wanted to keep it simpler, but we also don’t want to present you with any false choices,” Mark Darrah, Anthem‘s executive producer, said. At least the roleplay conversations will be entirely optional.
Why is Tarsis important? „One of the things that we’ve done in Anthem is focusing a lot of attention on Fort Tarsis. It’s the primary place where we do reactive storytelling. I think as a result we pushed Fort Tarsis further than we’ve ever pushed any of our hubs, before. It’s a more reactive space. It’s a space that feels more living and more alive. I think going forward in future Dragon Age games or other games that we’re going to see that reactivity, that depth in our hubs that we’ve been able to bring out in Anthem. I hope that in future games, whether it’s Dragon Age or the other one that starts with Mass, we’ll continue to utilise this kind of storytelling,” Darrah replied. (Yes, the last sentence referenced Mass Effect.)
Anthem‘s Cortex was also introduced – it acts as the game’s codex, and it can be seen in the second video below. When does the demo arrive, though? Well, Electronic Arts announced that it will be available from February 1 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. You’ll have to either pre-order Anthem or be an EA Access or Origin Access subscriber. The game will launch on February 22 on all three platforms.
Source: VG247, PCGamer, DualShockers, DualShockers, Gematsu
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