BioWare sci-fi RPG Anthem has come to E3 2018 in a big way. The developer has continued to reveal information about the game even beyond the new gameplay trailer that debuted during the EA press conference. BioWare developers have taken to social media to answer fan questions, offering up lots of interesting tidbits about its hotly anticipated title in the process.
One of the biggest bits of info to be revealed about the game regards its post-launch content plans. On Twitter, Mark Darrah, the executive producer of Anthem and Dragon Age, responded to a question about season passes. After a fan asked the developer about the contents of the Anthem season pass and its price, Darrah stated that there is "no season pass." When asked by another fan about the decision not to use the season pass and paid expansion DLC model, Darrah explained that BioWare doesn't want to "bifurcate the players by locking story behind a paid expansion."
No season pass.— Mark Darrah (@BioMarkDarrah) June 11, 2018
We will have content after launch https://t.co/16llDvYzzQ
We do not want to bifurcate the players by locking story behind a paid expansion https://t.co/Dxi63q2D2I— Mark Darrah (@BioMarkDarrah) June 11, 2018
I am not saying that.— Mark Darrah (@BioMarkDarrah) June 11, 2018
For example, we might decide to add another Javelin in the future.
Maybe that would be paid.
Or maybe not.
Absolutes are hard https://t.co/dEnoGTMHVs
However, just because Anthem won't have a traditional season pass, that doesn't mean that it won't have any paid DLC at all, or that it won't have any post-launch content. BioWare has already confirmed that Anthem will add story for "years to come" in a clear indication that the developer plans plenty of post-launch updates for the game.
Moreover, as Darrah himself notes, the developer may well decide to introduce another type of Javelin mech suit, adding to the four Javelin mech suits classes that have already been confirmed for the game. This hypothetical, new Javelin type may well cost money to access, or it may not, teased Darrah. It seems that BioWare may have toyed with the idea but nothing is set in stone for now.
Fans mostly seem to be delighted with the news that BioWare is taking steps not to divide the Anthem playerbase. But Darrah's comments have also left some wondering how BioWare and EA plan to monetize the game. The game will not have loot boxes, although it will have cosmetic microtransactions allowing players to buy gear that doesn't impact gameplay. As such, some are wondering whether this business model will make EA and BioWare enough money for there not to be any other forms of monetization in the game. Details about that will likely be revealed in the run-up to release, but many will be recommending cautious optimism about the business model for now.
Anthem will be released on February 22, 2019 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One