E3 2018: Anthem Will Not Have PvP Multiplayer On Release Day

BioWare confirms the game won't release with a PvP mode.

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We learned a lot more details about Anthem during EA's E3 2018 press conference, including when the game will release and how its customizable Javelin exosuits work. One of the biggest revelations, however, came in a Twitter exchange after the presentation concluded.

One fan asked BioWare developer Mark Darrah if Anthem would feature a PvP mode. Darrah responded, "No PvP at launch." This isn't much of a surprise considering that the emphasis of Anthem is cooperative play. Darrah reiterated this in an interview with GameSpot, though he suggested it's something that would be added post-launch.

Anthem is BioWare's first new IP in a decade, and it's a marked departure from the single-player RPGs the studio is renowned for. Much like Destiny, Anthem is a co-op shooter with RPG elements. The game is set in a dynamic, shared world that was "abandoned by the gods," and players must work together to complete missions and fight the monstrous creatures that roam about.

Along with those details, BioWare shed more light on the aforementioned Javelins, which function much like traditional RPG classes. Javelins fall into one of four categories, which determine what a player's role is on a mission. Ranger is a general, all-purpose type of Javelin; Colossus is a heavier exosuit that focuses on dealing damage; Interceptor has greater agility than the other Javelins; and Storm is a caster-type exosuit that supports the squad.

Anthem's release date on PS4, Xbox One, and PC is set for February 22, 2019. Those who subscribe to Origin Access Premiere--a newly announced premium tier of the Origin Access service--will get full, unlimited access to the game on PC several days early, on February 15. You can watch some new gameplay footage of Anthem here.

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Avatar image for thomas01

This sounds like Titanfall fighting in a giant robot and very little RPG to it I'm not interested.

Avatar image for Thanatos2k

Oh another EA classic of intentionally releasing an incomplete game.

Avatar image for tom_cat_01

Sounds to me like they're behind schedule. The reason there's not going to PvP at launch? Because it won't be ready in time.

Avatar image for lionheartssj1

This is ok for me. I suck at PvP anyway.

Avatar image for Mogan

I like the sound of that. Trying to balance the game for PvP is one of the things that hurt Destiny 2 at launch.

Avatar image for tingtong

Thats cool, I just won't be getting it at launch then.

Avatar image for ballashotcaller

I wouldn't be buying this game for pvp and think they should not even invest in pvp.

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Not everyone is a recluse hiding behind a single player curtain. PvP is what gives a game its longevity. After the 10-12 hours on SP, you are done. The PvP could last 100’s of hours. Sorry but you are the minority.

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Might be the minority but it's the vocal majority on these sites.

You mean hiding behind the pause button of playing games at your pace cuz they have actual people around them most the time? Lol recluse, Ironic.

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@ballashotcaller: Agreed.