After an impressive showing at Electronic Arts’ E3 2018 press conference yesterday, one of the biggest upcoming games on everyone’s mind is Anthem, the new original IP from Mass Effect and Dragon Age developer BioWare. Players have all kind of questions regarding Anthem and while many were answered at the conference, there are sill many being asked, like why is the new title being released with no PVP mode? Well, it seems someone might have some answers.
Since the conference concluded, executive producer Mark Durrah has taken to Twitter to answer questions from fans regarding the new IP. During the Twitter Q&A, Durrah took the opportunity to explain why he shot down the notion of PVP in Anthem, explaining that ultimately it’s about game balancing. “No PvP.” Durrah explains “This decision allows us to have a much wider array of weapons and gear and makes the loot chase more interesting”
No PvP. This decision allows us to have a much wider array of weapons and gear and makes the loot chase more interesting
— Mark Darrah (@BioMarkDarrah) June 10, 2018
This announcement that the game lacks PvP play will come as a disappointment to many players. On the surface, Anthem seems like a perfect game for player versus player gameplay, full of interesting weapons, class system variety, and beautiful intricate maps. It seems so natural that when the game was announced last year, many had just assumed it would have PvP options similar to Destiny, but fans had gotten ahead of themselves.
Of course, the reason behind the decision does make a lot of sense. BioWare has pushed Anthem as a single player experience and a lot of the focus is on making that element as strong as possible. By sacrificing PvP, balance for such modes is no longer an issue and Bioware can deliver a game with powerful weapons and loot to enjoy in the vast world.
Of course, that doesn’t mean it will never happen, it just means that PvP isn’t something BioWare is concerned with right now because it’s not the game they set out to make. At the end of the day, that’s all that can really be asked of a developer: set out to make the best version of the game.
Anthem will be released on February 22, 2019 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.