BioWare has dropped a surprise new gameplay trailer for Anthem, rolling out its “Our World, My Story” marketing speak in an effort to show how Anthem will attempt to please both co-op fans and solo players. Despite being an always-online experience, BioWare is keen to tout its storytelling chops in this trailer, trying to assuage fans worried the online element may end up taking away from Anthem’s narrative core.
It’s quite a familiar tale, to be honest. We’ve heard similar narratives around The Division and Destiny, to varying degrees of success. Marrying online play with an involving narrative that rewards player choice is no easy task. Regardless of how the story side shapes up though, the gameplay shown in this new Anthem trailer looks fantastic, while the environments are beginning to show some great variation.
Along with the trailer, BioWare has also announced the Anthem Demo, which will be most folks’ first opportunity to go hands-on with the game before launch. The only problem is it’s not really a demo at all, it’s a pre-order bonus or open to those with an active Origin Access or EA Access membership. If you have to pay for a privilege of a demo, it’s not actually a demonstration, it’s a purchase. The entire point of a demo is to see whether something is worth a purchase. After Mass Effect Andromeda, you’d be incredibly brave to pre-order Anthem, let’s be honest.
Anyway, stepping off my soapbox for a moment, this ‘public pre-launch demo’ will be available from February 1st. There’s no word whatsoever about what’s included with the demo, or indeed whether any progress will carry over to the launch version.
Anthem is out on February 22nd, 2019, for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Early Access for Origin Access and EA Access members begins a week earlier on February 15th.