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When is Anthem coming out? Release date, trailer details and more

Published: 11/Jan/2019 16:18 Updated: 30/Jan/2019 20:04

by David Purcell

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Anthem’s official launch is just on the horizon and the excitement is building, so here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming game. 

When will it be released? 

Gamers can expect Anthem to hit the shelves – or pop on online stores and marketplaces – on February 22. 

Electronic ArtsAnthem, touted as one of the best upcoming games of 2019.

What do we know about Anthem so far? 

Anthem will be a multiplayer title based in a futuristic setting, which brings together elements of both an action role-playing game and a third-person shooter. It has been developed by BioWare, with Electronic Arts publishing the project. 

The name of the title is actually the same name given to powerful tools used by Gods in the game to create worlds and Anthem was used to create its own location, which we will soon be able to play in.

It will be your job to take on different missions across this unknown planet, fight against an enemy faction known as Dominion, protect the ancient artefacts of this world and stop all evil. 

Anthem is not expected to have any DLC or Season Pass post-launch, lead producer Michael Gamble revealed in December.

What have we seen? 

In terms of what we’ve seen so far from Anthem, BioWare’s VIP demo weekend didn’t get the game off to the best of starts – that’s for sure. 

It was a demo plagued with issues, whether that was locking people who’d already pre-ordered the game out of the trial version, server issues, infinite loads screens or the slow pace of the game inside the social hub, or Tarsis. 

While some might argue that there’s still quite a bit of work to be done to get this project completely ready to go for launch day, the developer’s General Manager has reassured potential players that the game will be up to speed by the time the full game is revealed. 

One huge positive to take from what we’ve seen so far is that the story mode looked incredible in the gameplay livestreams and videos, devs have kept their cards firmly towards their chest where that’s concerned for the demo version. 

So, even though there were some clear issues that needed to be investigated and addressed by BioWare, we’ve still potentially got a lot to look forward to. 

What’s coming up for Anthem? 

BioWare has already announced that a number of hot fixes are coming up to solve some of the frustrating problems people experienced in the VIP demo version – including the introduction of a sprint option for players in the Tarsis. 

The VIP demo weekend is long behind us now, but everybody can jump on their consoles or PC and download the Anthem demo client to access the game again between February 1-3. 

This will be the last chance you have to try it out before the wait for the full version commences. Many players will be hoping that it feels a lot more complete than the last time they played it. 

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Overwatch 2 job listings further suggest sequel is far from completion

Published: 20/Jan/2021 0:22

by Michael Gwilliam

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Amidst rumors that Overwatch 2 has been delayed and could be releasing as late as 2022, job postings on the Blizzard’s own career website suggest that the game still has a long way to go.

Overwatch 2 was first announced at BlizzCon 2019 and since then, fans have been left in the dark with very little information coming from the developers aside from little tidbits in the form of Reddit AMAs.

While Blizzard themselves may be silent, notable leakers such as Metro – who originally leaked info about the sequel prior to BlizzCon – haven’t been so mum. According to the streamer’s source, development is “really slow” and it sounds like the game is far off.

Which now brings us to Overwatch-related job openings at Blizzard of which there are many. Just looking at the Overwatch team section of the careers page shows 43 job listings.

Overwatch 2 Lucio gameplay
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Overwatch 2 is focused on PvE co-cop.

Some of the job listings aren’t exclusively-related to Overwatch 2, such as “senior eSports [sic] producer,” but others seem to be of the utmost importance.

For instance, the “Lead Mission Designer” listing wants someone “ready to lead the mission team by example” and “build a strong team environment dedicated to making fun and memorable missions.”

Given Overwatch 2’s emphasis on PvE co-op missions, one would think that this position would have been filled if the sequel was scheduled to release soon.

Overwatch 2 Push map
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“Push” is the only new mode announced so far.

Other listings of note include “Senior Game Producer, Missions” and “Character Concept Artist.”

The former’s responsibilities are listed as driving the “development process for story campaign, missions & PvE game modes” and the latter’s include developing “character concepts and skins including character sheets, movement studies and detailed breakouts for equipment and weapons.”

Of course, it is possible that Overwatch 2 will have a big slate of content to roll-out post-release and it’s unclear how Blizzard plans to launch the game. All that’s known so far is that all of the PvP multiplayer content coming with Overwatch 2 will be available in the base game.

Tracer on Overwatch Toronto map
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More Overwatch 2 information is coming at BlizzCon 2021.

How Blizzard handles the PvE side with missions and the story mode remains to be seen. Could Overwatch 2 get a handful of missions at launch and then more added over the next few years?

Unless there is some substantial material planned post-launch to necessitate the jobs listed, it seems like the game could be very far off. In any case, we’ll have to wait and see what the future holds once more information is revealed at BlizzCon in February.