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BioWare Says 'Anthem' Offers Matchmaking 'For Every Activity In The Game'

BioWare Says 'Anthem' Offers Matchmaking 'For Every Activity In The Game'

Ahead of its February release (I know, so close!), BioWare bosses are spilling the beans on their online-only, alien-shooting, third-person RPG title, Anthem.

And its the game's multiplayer features that lead producer Ben Irving has elaborated on, via Twitter. He was asked by a fan whether Anthem will offer "public matchmaking, or will we have to play with people that we invite to our party?"

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Irving answered: yes, "there is matchmaking for every activity in the game." He later went on to explain how players also have the option to turn off those matchmaking options, if they so wish.

But there's really no point in doing so, unless you're a real lone ranger. I tested the game's recent closed beta, and flying, battling and simply adventuring with other people made Anthem feel like the game I've been expecting, and wanted to play. Sadly, I can't go into much more detail (us beta testers had to sign an NDA).

Even BioWare devs "think it's more fun in a full group," says Irving. But the only person who can really decide if that's the case is you. And - *perfect opportunity incoming* - you can play Anthem for yourself when its full demo drops this later this month, if you qualify for it.

Players who've pre-ordered Anthem, or signed up to EA Access or Origin Access, will have first dibs in a "VIP" demo that takes place from 25 to 27 January. Don't worry if you haven't done any of those things, though. Everyone else can jump into the standard demo on 1 February, which runs until 3 February.

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When it was announced back at E3 2017, having initially been teased three years(!) earlier, many dubbed Anthem to be EA's answer to Destiny. And yeah, they share a number of similar features, visuals, and settings. But unlike Destiny, which has several in-game opportunities to spend real world money, Anthem won't feature a single loot boxes, or charge players for story DLC.

Don't get me wrong, Destiny 2's expansions were well worth a few quid, especially Forsaken. But offering players free content is a real sweetener. It seems to be a current trend, too, no matter how big or small a game may be.

The executive producer of Anthem at BioWare, Mark Darrah, says Anthem will offer free DLC because "we don't want to divide the audience, we want people to be able to experience the same stories so none of that is going to be locked."

And loot boxes? "No loot boxes," Darrah explained. "There will be some cosmetic stock that you can pay for but it will always be earnable." Music to the ears of any upcoming Freelancer (your character in Anthem).

What do you think about this news? Are you looking forward to Anthem? Will you play it alone or partner with friends or strangers via matchmaking? Let us know.

Anthem is set to release on 22 February for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Featured Image Credit: EA/BioWare

Topics: online, Entertainment, Bioware, EA, Multiplayer, Technology, Anthem

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.

 

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