If you ask me, Anthem has had a strange marketing campaign since its announcement. When EA debuted it in full back in 2017, I was hooked on the premise. A living open world that mixes third-person shooting with an RPG style progression system? Basically becoming an offensive-minded version of Iron Man collecting loot? I mean, what’s not to love, right?
Since that initial reveal, the game has…gone dark for lack of a better term. We heard everything from delays to all sorts of development issues, especially in the wake of the nightmare tornado that spawned from Star Wars: Battlefront II. E3 2018 finally gave us more information on the game, though EA held back a lot of actual gameplay in favor of telling us about that game through a Q&A panel. Sure, we got great new details, but for a game like Anthem, I’d rather see it than be told about it.
It may have taken a few extra weeks of waiting, but EA and BioWare have FINALLY given us the full E3 2018 gameplay demo we’ve been waiting for. Twenty whole minutes of pure gameplay, with developer commentary on top and frankly, this video did more for me than the E3 segment did.
While the E3 trailer ripped bits from this gameplay, it’s quite a sight to see the game tackle a mission from start to finish. We see NPCs, what the mini-map looks like, what the loot drops look like in the world, plenty of actual UI elements, and even how 3 of the 4 classes play. Ben Irving, the lead producer on Anthem, even gives us some neat tidbits like how flying through a waterfall cools the jetpack for the javelin or how the game world changes when night falls over the world.
What really appeals to me about this game is how varied the world is. Thanks to being able to fly, you really get a sense of scale and how high some of the terrain is. It’s really interesting to land on a ledge and see your enemies way down on a different part of the land or even the ground. The sense of scale and verticality is a major aspect and helps to set it apart from other loot shooters like The Division or Destiny.
So in case you missed it, have a look at a full gameplay mission from Anthem.