EA has said BioWare’s ambitious and visually impressive new IP Anthem will be the “the start of maybe a 10-year journey for us” – echoing the decade-long publishing deal Activision signed with Bungie for thematically similar series Destiny.
Talking on the Xbox Daily Show during E3, EA vice president Patrick Soderlund said (from 1:41:30 onwards): “[Anthem is] a social game where you and your friends go out on quests and journeys. It’s a game that we’ve been working on for almost four years now. And it’s a game that – once we launch it next year – will be the start of maybe a 10-year journey for us.”
Anthem was announced properly at this year’s E3 but was first talked about – as a new IP in development at BioWare’s HQ in Edmonton, Canada – back at E3 2014. It being a shared-world shooter – a massively-multiplayer online game of sorts – means EA and BioWare will need to invest heavily in building a live online service as well as in building the game itself. In other words, Anthem is a bigger undertaking than a next Dragon Age or Mass Effect game.