BioWare Details Anthem Endgame and Progression - 'A Reason to Come Back Daily'

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Jun 19, 2018 3:00 PM
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EA made a big song and dance about Anthem during the tail-end of its E3 2018 press conference, but there are still a huge number of questions to be answered about the game, in particular how it matches up with BioWare’s previous work on single-player focused narrative RPGs. Anthem certainly looks like a game that isn’t designed to be blown through over a long weekend. Instead, BioWare is busy designing an endgame that will have players coming back to its world week after week.

YouTube Arekkz posted a new video wherein he had a chance to talk with Jonathan Warner, the game director for Anthem. Together they went through the overall aims, progression, and the endgame of Anthem.

Within Anthem, players will work through various story-based missions in the campaign in an effort to defeat the Dominion. Along the way, players will take part in various events and activities, but the actual act of defeating the Dominion is seen as the middle part of the game.

“The overarching goal is really to power up your javelins to the degree where you feel that you’re pretty legendary,” Warner said. “You have that mid-level goal of ‘You’re going to go out and defeat the Dominion’, which is the bespoke story we’re going to tell. And then there’s the world conflict, cause once you defeat the Dominion, the work’s not done.”

Once the story has been bested, players are then free to take on the endgame activities. This includes unlocking new world missions, daily challenges, and taking on the suspiciously Raid-sounding strongholds. “There’s always going to be a reason to come back on a weekly, daily basis,” explains Warner.

The overall aim will be to continue developing your player character as well as powering up the Javelins, the suits that dictates the player’s class. You won’t be locked down to a single role though and can switch Javelins at will in order to specialise in different playstyles or use different weapons.

It sounds like your typical endgame fare from the likes of Destiny and The Division, to be honest, although the hope is that it leans more towards the latter than the former. BioWare has said it plans to drip out additional story-based expansions for Anthem after launch, offering a key reason for players to jump back in.

Anthem is out on February 22nd, 2019, for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

How do you think BioWare is going to crack the tricky nut that is endgame? Do you believe BioWare can create compelling endgame content, or are you wary of the grind? Let us know your thoughts below!

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10:03 Jun-20-2018

I feel like game makers have forgotten what games are all about in the first place. Either that or they just do whatever dumb song and dance the publishers tell them to do. Powering up a virtual power suit to feel legendary isn't exactly the most original concept now, is it? The story is the mid-goal? I expected better from Bioware but they're just EA now.
Really hope Bioware doesn't shut down though from all the EA politics.

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18:42 Jun-19-2018

daily/weekly challenges, which I'm going to assume is what he's referring to, are almost never a reason to actually get back into the game. Those challenges just feel repetitive most of the time instead of actually adding to the experience.

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00:36 Jun-20-2018

Pretty much sums up how I feel about the online challenges for Far Cry 5. I did the first two, but after beating the game twice I'm not gonna go back just so that I can complete some challenge and unlock some new weapon I'm going to use for 5 minutes before playing something else.

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17:10 Jun-19-2018

so... it's destiny...

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08:30 Jun-20-2018

Right?! When they posted the gameplay video, I was thinking "Could they be trying to make a Destiny clone... nahh!" But now its for sure...
I mean, I would get it if Destiny was a success, to want to copy from it... but even this isnt the case

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09:18 Jun-20-2018

Sure it is lol, Destiny sold 25 million copies and Destiny 2 was the second bestselling game of 2017 and surpassed the original's sales. It's made absolute bank for Activision. They're both still a bit sucky, but if people are buying it then I can't blame EA for trying to cash in on that.

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15:59 Jun-19-2018

"There’s going to be a reason not to come back daily or weekly "

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15:13 Jun-19-2018

The game hasn't even come out yet and they are already talking about progression and endgame? Bioware needs to show us something much more substancial than what they showed at E3, because that presentation was very poor.

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15:44 Jun-19-2018

Pretty standard stuff to talk about before a game's out, no?

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00:39 Jun-20-2018

They really need to up their game after all the crap that they've put players through with Destiny 2. How often can you lie and then say sorry and then lie and then say sorry and then lie and then say sorry before people just assume you're lying and the sorrys (or sorries, we really need a plural for sorry) stop meaning anything?

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09:19 Jun-20-2018

I have to imagine that a Destiny 3 would be dead in the water at this point, but I still think people might actually fall for the same trick a third time.

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