Anthem launches in a matter of hours! EA’s most ambitious title of the year and Bioware’s next big franchise (that’s the hope anyway) goes live for all players February 22, after a somewhat tumultuous series of beta tests. Bioware wants everyone to know they’ve been working on resolving the issues that came up during those tests, and the game will be patched the second of launch to deal with them.
Neill Blomkamp, who seems to have found his niche in shorts, has directed a new one — and it’s out now for all to view for free. This is because it’s a commercial product meant to hype a video game, but it’s probably one you’re interested in anyway. The three-minute short is called Conviction: An Anthem Trailer, and it’s set in the world of Bioware’s anticipated upcoming MMO, decades before the game’s story takes place.
In 2015, Neill Blomkamp was on track to direct a new Alien sequel. In 2017, he announced those plans had been scrapped but that he was using the ideas from them to create a series of alien-related shorts (starring Sigourney Weaver). Now Blomkamp seems to have found his niche in shorts, as he’s bringing us another one – this time for an unproven property.
As promised, Bioware’s VIP Demo for their anticipated MMO Anthem is now live! The trick is downloading it, which many haven’t been able to do.
Neverwinter Nights, one of BioWare’s early role-playing game hits, is going to be remastered. The 2002 title will be re-released as a special Enhanced Edition, bringing the experience to modern hardware with an array of graphical and performance upgrades. A livestream on Twitch by developers Beamdog should give us more details on exactly what the remaster will include.
The move follows a number of other BioWare games that have recently been re-released for modern computers. These have included Planetscape, Baldur’s Gate, Baldur’s Gate II, and Icewind Dale.
Neverwinter Nights was first released in 2002. It focused on the Dungeons & Dragons campaign world Forgotten Realms and saw players battling a dark cult as they slowly built up their character to become the ultimate hero of the story.
In May of 2017 it emerged that EA was putting the Mass Effect franchise on hold. The publisher was unhappy with the performance of the recently released Mass Effect Andromeda in terms of sales, critical reception, and fan reaction. As well as scaling back developer BioWare Montreal and moving much of its staff to EA Motive to work on Star Wars Battlefront II, the series was effectively put in hiatus.
In an interview with CBC, BioWare boss Aaryn Flynn has revealed that the developer considers Anthem to be in the genre of science fantasy like Star Wars rather than the more grounded traditional science fiction. This essentially means that the game will focus more on the mythos of the world rather than having a scientific basic and explanation for everything that happens.
Taking place not long after the events of the first Mass Effect game, Andromeda sees the player taking on the role one of two Ryder twins as part of the Initiative. This new mission is a plan to leave the Milky Way galaxy and colonize a new collection of planets in the Andromeda galaxy. It’s a bold move and it doesn’t pay off smoothly, with the 600 years of travel leading to a number of problems. These are primarily an unknown phenomenon called the Scourge that has waylaid many of the Initiative ships and a race of villainous aliens known as Kett. You spend your time from the beginning of the game battling these forces and attempting to revitalize the seed worlds for habitation.
In what will be a first for the franchise, Mass Effect: Andromeda will give players the ability to craft their own weapons and give them personalized names. Ian S. Frazier, the lead designer for the game, made the revelation on Twitter whilst confirming that the customization options would also be available for melee weapons.
The classic action role-playing game Jade Empire is now available on the Apple App store. Available for a variety of iOS devices, he game can be purchased for just $9.99/£7.99.
While many people are obviously very excited to get their hands on the highly anticipated Mass Effect: Andromeda, one aspect has already caused some confusion. This is exactly how it fits into the canon of the franchise as a whole and just how it links to the controversial ending of Mass Effect 3.
While it was painfully clear that the ending to Mass Effect 3 did little to satisfy players, causing something of a controversy for the way that BioWare handled the player’s personal decisions in the final moments, many people still want the chance to continue that story somewhat in the future. This is despite the fact that BioWare has made it clear that Andromeda will be a completely separate entry into the franchise, set in a different time and place to the story of Commander Shepard and the Reapers.