EA BioWare has announced Anthem will be released 22nd February 2019 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
— Anthem (@anthemgame) June 9, 2018
BioWare also committed to no loot boxes in Anthem (a running theme throughout the EA E3 2018 conference). Anthem executive producer Mark Darrah said: “We are going to have some cosmetics and vanity items that you’ll be able to purchase but you’re always going to know what you’re gonna buy before you spend any money on it, so no loot boxes, no ability to pay for power. So that means no ability to spend money on gameplay advantage at all in Anthem.”
BioWare has separately told GameInformer there will be no romances – a staple feature of BioWare’s role-playing games – in Anthem. “There are no romances,” lead producer Mike Gamble said. “There are friendships. Some of the stuff we did with Mass Effect – the Citadel DLC specifically – there was a lot of friendship moments. You and Garrus sitting up, shooting – that kind of stuff, we want to lean into that. The romantic stuff, we’re moving away from that for Anthem.”
BioWare’s Casey Hudson, Mark Darrah and Cathleen Rootsaert demonstrated Anthem gameplay while on stage at the EA conference. Footage and a few screen captures below.