Electronic Arts has announced that Anthem will release on February 22nd. Although the game will support both solo and co-op play, it will not offer an offline mode and will require an always-online connection in order to be played.
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— Mark Darrah (@BioMarkDarrah) June 9, 2018
Moreover, EA stated that the game will not feature any loot boxes. According to BioWare’s Mark Darrah there will be no ability to pay for power, however the game will have cosmetic and vanity items available for purchase. So yeah, while there won’t be any loot boxes, there will be micro-transactions.
On the other hand, lead producer Mike Gamble told Game Informer that the game won’t feature any romances.
“There are no romances. 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.”
In Anthem, up to four players explore and battle in a dangerous, mysterious place populated by great characters and a unique BioWare story. Players will also create stories of their own while they play, so no two journeys are the same. Javelin exosuits make their pilots powerful heroes in the world, with awesome weapons and incredible special abilities that allow for combat and exploration in a hostile environment. Players will be able to customize and personalize their suits with unique paint jobs and gear so they’ll have the right tools to confront almost any situation, and look good doing it.
Last but not least, below you can find the official cinematic trailer, as well as a video showing 4 minutes of gameplay footage.