The release of Anthem is inching ever closer, and BioWare isn’t holding back when it comes to releasing new footage. The latest chunk of gameplay, courtesy of IGN, shows off a full mission from the perspective of three of the game's Javelin classes (Storm, Colossus, and Interceptor). BioWare has shown some footage from this mission before, but this is the first time we’ve seen the full thing in high quality.
Taken from early in the game, the mission tasks players with finding and rescuing an Arcanist named Mathias. The mission is initially fairly open-ended, with the players flying around sprawling jungle and swamp environments, while fighting off vicious alien “Scars”. Eventually, the players track the Arcanist to an enemy stronghold located in some old ruins, at which point, the action intensifies. Finally, we see a showdown with a big armored boss referred to as a Rust Reaver. You can check it all out, below.
Overall, I’d definitely say this chunk of gameplay was more promising than the footage we saw a couple weeks back. I’m liking the look of the more open, exploratory stuff (there’s no denying Anthem is a gorgeous game). The running around ruins blasting baddies bits are less interesting – it all looks a little too Destiny to me – but I’ll reserve judgement until I actually get to play the game.
An Anthem demo is set to drop in a few weeks. Origin/EA Access members will be able to play the demo on January 25, while everybody else will be able to give the game a spin on February 1. The demo will let players try out two Javelin classes (the Ranger and another unannounced one), explore the Fort Tarsis hub, and take on a small handful of missions. Players will start at level 10 and progress to level 15.
Anthem boosts onto PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on February 22, 2019.