Anthem is an upcoming online action RPG/third-person shooter for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It’s developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts.
In the lead-up to launch, we’ve compiled all the news, trailers, and rumors about Anthem, from initial teases to its official announcement at E3 2017 to now.
Here’s everything you need to know about Anthem.
- Release date: Q1 2019
- Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
- Developer: BioWare
- Publisher: Electronic Arts
- Genre: Multiplayer action RPG/third-person shooter
BioWare first started to tease Anthem in 2014, as a “completely new IP” developed by its team in Edmonton. While BioWare was vague on the details, a developer diary from Electronic Arts’ E3 2014 press conference detailed the team’s commitment to creating a living “constantly changing” world – one where they didn’t need to tell a “singular story,” but instead invite players to participate in “what the world is doing right now.”
In 2016, BioWare’s then senior director of creative development Alistair McNally claimed to have worn a t-shirt around the Game Developers Conference bearing the name of the studio’s new IP. It’s unclear whether photos of this ever actually emerged, but it certainly kept interest piqued, spawning a whole thread on the BioWare forums dedicated to tracking down evidence.
Another mention of this “new IP” came in January 2017 during an Electronic Arts investor meeting. EA CEO Andrew Wilson described it as an action-adventure game set in a “unique new universe” that would be “delivered” by March 2018. BioWare’s then general manager Aaryn Flynn expanded more in a blog post following the call, revealing that the studio had begun crafting ideas for this new game back in 2012. (Flynn stepped down as general manager in July 2017 after 17 years with the company.)
In May 2017, EA’s quarterly call with investors revealed that BioWare’s new IP was delayed into the 2019 fiscal year. According to EA, BioWare needed more time to work on features related to the game’s live multiplayer features.
“We’re very pleased with the progress of our new action IP from BioWare,” Wilson said. “We decided to add more to the disruptive new social design for our players.”
At Microsoft’s E3 press conference the next day, BioWare and EA showed off 6 minutes of Anthem gameplay running on an Xbox One X. In Anthem, players wear exosuits called Javelins and can form squads of up to four people.
Watch the original footage or check out our breakdown of details and theories in our analysis video above.
In January 2018, a report from Kotaku detailed how BioWare had begun to focus the majority of both its Edmonton and Austin teams into developing Anthem. According to Kotaku’s sources, pressure to launch before the end of EA’s 2019 fiscal year made another delay beyond March 2019 less likely.
EA confirmed that commitment later in the month during its Q3 earnings call, reiterating the Q1 2019 release window, but clarifying to the Wall Street Journal that this wasn’t due to falling behind schedule, but its decision to release a new Battlefield game in October.
While development on Anthem has been pretty quiet, BioWare technical design director Brenon Holmes has been dropping hints on the Anthem subreddit.
We’ve compiled eight of the most interesting Anthem facts we’ve learned so far, among them the different classes for your customizable Javelin suit and both the freedom and limitations of in-game flight.
Stay tuned to IGN for more news, rumors, trailers, gameplay and – hopefully – a release date for Anthem.