Anthem Short Film From District 9 Director Is Very Evocative

"We broke free, and so we made our walls high, and our convictions strong."

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A live-action Anthem story short from Neill Blomkamp, director of District 9, Chappie, and Elysium, has been released. Titled 'Conviction,' the three-minute video is set in the world of BioWare's upcoming action game, but decades before the game's own story. It is narrated by a female character, who recounts the history of humanity, its enslavement, fight for freedom, and efforts to rebuild as it struggles for survival.

Freelancers--the Javelin-wearing characters that players take control of in the game--are shown to have discovered a mysterious woman in the jungles. However, her discovery ignites a new conflict, with lines being crossed, betrayals, and explosive battles. "The Anthem swims through your mind, it knows you, it knows us all," she says.

While the details of the story are vague, perhaps purposefully so, the short does a good job of depicting the world of Anthem and teasing some of the sci-fi intrigue that BioWare will no doubt further explore in the game's narrative. Check it out above.

Blomkamp's ability to realize sci-fi worlds and tell stories within them is on show in the short, even if it is a bit brief. The director has some history with video games, having previously been attached to a Halo movie adaptation. The Javelins look especially cool, which is making us pine for the Halo movie he may have once created.

Anthem, meanwhile, is set to launch on February 22. However, those with an EA or Origin Access membership will be able to play from February 15. Ahead of its release, BioWare shared an update roadmap and endgame details to give players an idea of what they'll be able to experience beyond the main campaign.

EA is expecting BioWare's newest game to sell as many as 6 million copies by March, and CFO Blake Jorgensen said the company is confident that the game will reach these numbers based on the popularity of the game's VIP and open demos. However, it will also face heavy competition from Fortnite, which is as popular as ever, Apex Legends, another EA title which launched for free and has already reached 10 million unique users, and Ubisoft's The Division 2, which delivers a similar games as a service experience.

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The budget difference between Anthem and what Andromeda got is staggering. It shows how much they "cared" about the continuity of the Mass Effect universe from the start. Now they're trying to make Anthem look like it can be taken seriously with CGIs and actors. What a monumental waste. I find absolutely zero interesting aspects about Anthem compared to either the Mass Effect or the Dragon Age universe.

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@rekonym: I dunno. DA and ME were pretty generic. Anthem's whole "music controlling the world" thing is...not that unique, either, and it still comes off as a Destiny-rip, but it's still more interesting than your standard "aliens fighting until they join together to defend against a common enemy" story.

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Looked nice, but gotta wonder how much of that money could have instead went into the game

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Is it really a short film? It looks like a trailer. But it is very beautiful trailer! I want to see the full film.

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Ha, story. Like this MMO Lite has one.

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@Thanatos2k: The little I played still felt more realized than what Destiny delivered. Of course, Destiny played a whole lot better.

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Story teased? Meh.

CGI (for a short)? Decent.

Wish they did more action though lol

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Better than the game.

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So...what are they fighting for?

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Let’s just hope this short film isn’t the only good piece of story associated with the name Anthem.

-SHADES OF DESTINY NINJA APPROVED-

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An interesting story wasted on an MMO. Ugh.

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I would watch a series of this.

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I don't care.

Fix the game.

I prefer Kojima's cut-scenes to this.

At least they're in-game and made by the same guys who make the games.

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@proceeder: You prefer corny as* cutscenes from corny as* games?

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@proceeder: I dont understand this comment?

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@xxmavr1kxx:

I think he was saying Kojima makes corny ass games.

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Am I missing something? I watched the entire clip and there were ZERO renditions of any Anthems. Misleading title.

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@tonykacer: It actually plays into the game. Sort of like an overarching technology that controls the world or something. There is quite a bit of musical terminology.

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This needs to be turned into a full movie or TV show!!!

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I'm still waiting for that alien to come back to Wikus.

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