BioWare released a new trailer for Anthem, its upcoming third-person shooter/action RPG. The video is the first part of a series devoted to explaining the gameplay mechanics and features of Anthem.
In this first part, BioWare discusses the upcoming game’s story, progression, and customization. The bulk of the video is devoted to the latter two topics, and discusses the different playstyles, loadouts, and abilities of Anthem’s four Javelins: Ranger, Interceptor, Colossus, and Storm.
You’ll start with the Ranger in Anthem, but you’ll have the chance to build all four Javelins—and multiple versions of them too—by the time you’re done with the game’s story. Ranger is built for precision play, relying on a variety of abilities and weapons to target specific enemies. Interceptor is fast and has the strongest melee attacks, allowing it to launch into battle and deal massive damage before ducking out of harm’s way. Colossus is best suited for the front lines, and can withstand devastating attacks with its heavy armor and massive shield. Finally, Storm’s elemental attacks makes it one of the most powerful Javelins, but it’s lack of armor ensures it remains a glass cannon.
Each Javelin can be customized to fulfill multiple roles. Ranger, for example, can be outfitted to survive on its own with a balanced assortment of weapons for solo play. However, if playing with a team, you could either customize the suit with tech that makes it your squad’s damage dealer or pick support abilities that ensures everyone remains alive.
BioWare ended the trailer promising that the next part in the series would offer details on «the expanding shared world of Anthem and its massive end game, including a look at [the game’s] strongholds.»
Anthem is scheduled to release on February 22 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. If you pre-order the game, you can play an exclusive VIP demo on January 25.