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BioWare's Anthem will release in February 2019

BioWare's Anthem will release in February 2019

Apparently not, alas. Game Informer reports that BioWare's Anthem will feature zero smooching. We learned last week that Crackdown 3 for the Xbox had been delayed and is expected to launch in February as well. If that wasn't enough then later in 2018 the game will receive a significant update based around the Clone Wars era - one that will feature new maps, modes, heros and villains.

Speaking during a brief Q&A during the presser, the team at BioWare also revealed that Anthem will not have loot boxes.

Whether this new reluctance towards random loot boxes and microtransactions remains long-term is unknown, but EA has recognised that it has a lot of goodwill to build after the Star Wars Battlefront II debacle. Anthem will be released February 22, 2019.

Moving now to some Indie games, EA has come up with the sequel to Unravel which had a challenging puzzle platform gameplay. While no screens or clips were shown, during a casual conversation, the game's producer revealed that Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order will be set between Episode III and IV. In the game you play as a young woman who's loneliness has turned her into a monster and her quest leads her to find out why she has become such a monster, and how she can once again become human.

Bioware has been known to set its games in worlds that are living in the shadow of historical events. It discussed new gameplay changes coming to the series, talked about various modes that will be available and, perhaps most importantly, outright stated there will be no in-game monetisation. It sounds like more Javelins will be added post launch.

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EA has made a similar promise for the upcoming "Battlefield V" at the conference held Saturday. The destructible environment means that tanks will be able to shoot through buildings and players will be able to dive-roll through windows. He opened, however, with a mea culpa that felt honest, mostly thanks to the steps the studio has already taken to uncouple progression from microtransactions and the removal of loot boxes. "And we're really excited by the way the new Battlefield is shaping up".

This Indie game Sea of Solitude, which has been in development for the past three years, got a new trailer at E3. EA's conference also spent some time on a new entry in a classic franchise with details of Command and Conquer: Rivals. A few things were already known to showcase at EA's press conference such as Federation Internationale de Football Association 19 and Battlefield 5.