To say that Anthem is one of the most anticipated games in development might be an understatement. After being announced at E3 last year, complete with an impressive gameplay trailer, gamers everywhere have been eager to get their hands on BioWare’s latest creation. While the Mass Effect creators have kept most details about the game under wraps, there is now reason to believe it may feature a first-person mode.
The news comes from a recent career posting on BioWare’s website, advertising for a new Principal Game Designer. The post, which specifically mentions Anthem, sets a number of requirements for those applying. One requirement that stands out states that potential employees are required “To have exceptional hands-on experience with game mechanics in 1st or 3rd person shooters space.”
While most had thought Anthem would feature strictly third-person gameplay akin to Mass Effect due to the majority of the gameplay footage being from such a perspective, it’s doesn’t really come as much of a surprise that this may not be the case. Ignoring the fact that part of the mentioned trailer takes place in the first-person perspective, EA has made clear its intention for Anthem to be a franchise on the scale of Star Wars Battlefront or Battlefield so adding in similar mechanics seems like an easy choice.
It’s also worth mentioning the game destined to be Anthem’s biggest competitor: Destiny 2. Ever since the games original announcement it has been compared to Bungie and Activision’s popular FPS series thanks to both games being conceptual sci-fi shooters that feature heavy MMO and roleplaying elements. The addition of a first-person element will only further these comparisons but might also work towards converting some players over to try something new.
Of course, until EA and Bioware feel it is time to share more information with the world, all of this is up in the air. What can be known for sure is that after the disappointment of Mass Effect: Andromeda and the controversy surrounding Star Wars Battlefront 2, both companies see Anthem as a top priority. So a delay in the game’s release is a good sign that EA and Bioware don’t want to waste a shot at redemption.
Anthem is planned to release in early 2019 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.