5 things we learned from Anthem's E3 2018 presentation

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Originally revealed at EA Play 2017, Anthem got an extensive look at its creation, story, and gameplay. The event will commence with a press conference at 11:00 PM PT / 2:00 PM ET on Saturday, June 9th, where the publisher will show off all of the games it has in store for the coming months.

As it revealed past year, BioWare reiterated that Anthem is an online multiplayer role-playing game that you can play solo or with friends.

The player character will be a freelancer, individuals uniquely suited to piloting the exosuits so prominently featured in the game.

But on the other hand, this may well be a smart business choice for EA. Rumours had been circulating about this mode for some time, and with Call Of Duty confirming its own battle royale mode for Black Ops 4, it looks like the AAA battle royale war is very much now on.

The decision to move away from "pay-for-power" advantages comes with a backstory for the publisher, which was highly criticized after revealing the extent of microtransactions in "Star Wars: Battlefront II" previous year. While no screens or clips were shown, during a casual conversation, the game's producer revealed that Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order will be set between Episode III and IV.

Anthem finally got its moment in the spotlight today, and while there was lots of buzz words being thrown around, we did see some gameplay and learn the game is releasing on 22nd February 2019.

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So outside of the release date, what else do we know?

There's a new Command & Conquer game coming - but it's for mobile.

Otherwise, the game looks spectacular.

Expect EA to go hard on Anthem during their presentation this year, most likely with a lengthy demo.

The team confirmed that this isn't an MMO, but something different. Out on missions, however, players will be able to bring three friends along for the ride. The Ranger is a more generalized suit, a sort of all-purpose javelin.

One of the big questions about Anthem has always been how BioWare will fit its usual penchant for grand, player-centric stories into a multiplayer-focused experience. The latter's launch is far more limited, however, with Android users having first crack at the game's "pre-alpha" test version.

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