BioWare Explains Why Anthem Won’t Have NPC Squadmates

Yolanda Curtis
June 11, 2018

Two players can work together using yarn abilities to swing around the environment and avoid hazards. Community response to EA's decision resulted in the publisher backtracking on the extent to which additional paid add-ons would affect the player's experience in "Battlefront II" and future titles.

It all started when DICE General Manager Oskar Gabrielson took to the stage and confirmed Battlefield 5 would have "no loot boxes, no premium pass".

Anthem will be launching on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on February 22, 2019.

This policy carries over to BioWare's Anthem, as explained during the EA Play Q&A.


In an audience Q&A, the Bioware team behind the game teased a kind of central hub world where single-player story and character interactions will take place as well as a larger open area for co-operative combat missions. More so when you consider that EA doesn't really have any big games slated for that time of the year.

EA finished their pre-E3 conference with an extended look at the game through a trailer, and an interview with some developers and a gameplay footage.

It seems the latest Electronic Arts games will drop loot boxes in favour of direct cosmetic purchases. The team will do this by continuously adding new stories missions and locations to the game after launch. Change the paint job, apply decals (one design looked suspiciously similar to the Mass Effect N7 suit), and even change the shape of the suit itself to suit your fancy.

Finally we get a proper look at Anthem, starting with a fist pumping trailer played to a remix of Uprising by Muse.


Thanks to its strong focus on story, Bioware promised they wanted to keep this a world the players are invested in for years to come. That's all we know so far, but with the game coming out holiday 2019, I'm sure we can expect to see more at next year's E3.

Since other players will only ever see you decked out in your mecha armor, you'll obviously want to make it as rad as possible.

As part of the boatload of Anthem information that was released yesterday, developer BioWare revealed that its upcoming sci-fi RPG would not feature the romance gameplay that its other series' are known for.


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