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Anthem Will Not Have AI Teammates, Features Colorblind Mode

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Mark Darrah, executive producer for BioWare’s Anthem, has taken to Twitter to answer questions about the game.

Anthem will not have any AI teammates, not because the team is trying to force players into multiplayer, but due to technical issues; the game’s traversal and verticality make have left the team unable to include teammates.

One of the major aspects of Anthem is the hubs that are essential to the storytelling, as they let the player make choices for the branching story. Dialogue choices will be simpler this time when compared to previous BioWare games. The hubs also contrast against the open world, being tight and claustrophobic meaning that these portions of the game will be from a first-person perspective, but relatively quick. The story will revolve around the player, so these centers help keep other players and “awkward randos” out of the background. Furthermore, Darrah promises that no missions will need to be multiplayer.

Anthem will not have a season pass, yet will include post game content that will expand on the story and game spaces that will be free for all players. Meanwhile, anything the player purchases will be known in advance, with microtransactions being entirely cosmetic. The game will be complete at launch, and players will not need expansions to enjoy the full story.

One key gameplay component is the open world where players can fly around and explore its mysteries. While in the world, the player can find history and lore  that will be saved in a codex-like menu. Players will need to be careful when traversing the environment because the javelins will need to cool down and can not fly forever.

Along with lore, the player will find more gear and loot; these drops correspond to the freelancer’s level and not the javelins‘, making for constant progression. Developers are still balancing drop rates, but players can look forward to five or six rarity levels in Anthem.

Anthem will come with a basic character creator, though most of the developers’ efforts have gone into the javelin customization. Being able to customize the look of the suit is independent to the gear, meaning players can make their character look however they want and still have any gear or weapons. Anthem will also launch with a colorblind mode, which is a pleasing addition.

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E3 2018

Konami Willing to Make More Remasters

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Konami has said that it is willing to remaster more games if fans ask for them.

During an IGN interview at E3 about Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner Mars, Konami brand manager Benjamin Kinney expressed the company’s willingness to produce more remasters:

“Eventually if you’re loud enough and you speak with one voice, anything is possible.”

Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner Mars is a remastered version of the PlayStation 2 game featuring a new VR mode, coming to PC and PlayStation 4. The title was initially announced at Sony’s Tokyo Games Show in 2017.

The remaster will come native at 4K with recreated textures, updated particle effects, and new control schemes to name just a few of the many improvements across the game. The title also includes a new Very Easy mode so players can experience the story.

The most notable addition is VR support. Playing Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner Mars in VR will put the gamer in the cockpit of Jehuty, the character’s giant mecha. Konami has recreated the cut scenes and assets to contribute to an immersive situation. The developers have worked with first-party VR companies such as PlayStation VR and HTC Vive to refine the game, making it as smooth as possible to reduce any chance of motion sickness.

Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner Mars has a gallery mode with VR where users can tumble and look at various models in game. The game will sport “next-gen audio,” supporting Dolby Atmos and Dolby 7.1 surround sound.

The first game has not been remastered for the PlayStation 4 nor VR, but if the fans ask for it, Konami may listen.

4K and VR demos are available on the PlayStation Store to download.

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