After months of rumour and speculation and even a launch delay, the Mass Effect and Dragon Age studio’s first ever “action-adventure, not RPG” game previously codenamed “Dylan” was properly introduced to the public during EA’s E3 press conference on Saturday with a name and… actually, not very much else at the time. A gameplay demo debuted at Microsoft’s E3 press conference last night provides some context, however, and it looks very intriguing.

Anthem is an ostensibly post-apocalyptic sci-fi game for up to four players – or “Freelancers” – in a shared world, much like Destiny, featuring “a landscape of primeval beauty” crammed with “savage beasts and ruthless marauders” that you’ll presumably shoot at with laser guns for loot and stats. Character abilities, it seems, are attached to customisable “Javelin” exosuits , which also include jetpacks.

Jetpacks, you guys.

It almost makes up for the awkward fake player dialogue in this video. Almost.

This departure from BioWare’s usual RPG stuff will doubtless be controversial with some fans, but I’m hyped about this one. And I can only imagine how bored they must be of making the same RPGs over and over by now anyway. Innovation and diversity are important too, you know.

Game’s out on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 sometime in 2018.

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