Anthem is an action rpg where you take the role of a Freelancer. You pilot Javelins; suits of powered armour that let you fly and swim. Javelins also let you survive in the hostile world of Anthem, a world left unfinished by the Shapers.
Your primary enemy in the story will be the Dominion, a human nation bent on subjugating the other people. The Dominion believes that they can control the tools of the Shapers and bend them to their own purposes. The Dominion are an ancient enemy with a secret in their past.
The structure of the game is encapsulated in the concept of ‘Our World, My Story’.
When you are out on a mission, you are focussed on that The world is shared across everyone and changes You share cataclysmic storms, and time of day even with people you aren’t playing with. This offers a kind of storytelling that hasn’t existed in BioWare games before.
When you are done a mission, you can return to a base like Fort Tarsis.
Here you will talk to characters, customize your suit, and see the results of your actions. Your base is a singleplayer experience, removing social pressure from those who want to spend time with the characters of Fort Tarsis.
Character interactions evolve and grow over time, allowing you to build friendship.
A lot more on this in the future but some basics You have more than one suit, unlocked through the story You are not forced into a specific suit when playing with others.
You can change the play style of a Javelin by changing its weapons and gear on the Javelin You can change the look of a Javelin through a separate personalization system
Progression drives this kind of game and we will have a lot more later but here is a bit Your Freelancer has a level and perks that affect ALL the Javelins you use There are loot drops in the world with different rarities that give you gear and weapons
There is crafting. There are top tier gear and weapons that have special properties. Gear is designed to be a long chase giving you a lot of goals.
Co-op and Online
Anthem is designed to provide a story while also the engagement of playing with your friends and others. You can play story missions alone but I believe that the experience of grouping is fun even for people that don’t play that way.
All mission types will have matchmaking so you can get your group to 4 if you want. Anthem uses dedicated servers even when you play solo. The shared world requires a connection to maintain that shared experience.
No PvP. This decision allows us to have a much wider array of weapons and gear and makes the loot chase more interesting*