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Anthem's campaign takes the fight to the 'Dominion', features expansive customization

Anthem is an upcoming shared world third-person shooter from BioWare. BioWare is the studio behind famous franchises like Dragon Age and Mass Effect. Anthem is expected to launch on February 22, 2019, but that hasn't stopped the developer from releasing new details about the project.

Today, the company detailed the story, progression, and customization options in the game. You can read about the major points discussed in the video below. The biggest reveal has to be how players must stop a fanatical group — which is almost cult-like — called the "Dominion" from getting their hands on a powerful artifact that can reshape worlds and create life.

  • The world has been abandoned by the "Shaper Gods."
  • As you know, humanity survives in fortified cities or with exosuits.
  • You can go anywhere in the world because you're a "Freelancer."
  • The "Anthem of Creation" allows you to create life and reshape the world.
  • You must stop the "Dominion" from getting their hands on the Anthem of Creation.
  • There are different "Javelin" exosuits such as the "Colossus" or "Storm" which are designed for different playstyles.
  • The Colossus can keep distracting enemies because it's a tank, while the Storm knocks them out one by one.
  • Each Javelin features a lot of slots for two weapons, support gear, and ultimate abilities.
  • Customizing your suit for each situation is necessary for success.
  • You can either explore the world without any mission structure or accept various contracts.
  • Each multiplayer team needs to have different Javelins so that their abilities complement each other.
  • There is a lot of loot in the game and it drops after each encounter.
  • You can explore the world on your own, but taking down massive beasts is difficult without support.

Soon, BioWare will detail the expanding shared world of Anthem and the massive endgame content. We'll keep you posted as soon as we know more on what to expect after the campaign ends. 

If you don't want to wait until February 22, a "VIP Demo" will be available to players beforehand. Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4 users will have access to it, but you have to either subscribe to EA Access or preorder the game to play it. BioWare also confirmed that additional technology tests and betas were in the works.

Hopefully Anthem will be a polished and worthy experience when it launches next year. The game was supposed to come out in 2018, but was pushed back by a few months. At E3 2017, the team said that Anthem was being developed with the Xbox One X in mind.

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.