Anthem Gets Social Hub Based On Early Feedback
Anthem is still several weeks away, but Bioware is already trying to be reactive to feedback based on the closed alpha and, presumably, the upcoming demos. In response to players saying they want to be able to hang out with the game's NPCs and their friends between missions, Bioware is going to be adding a social hub into Anthem to do exactly that.
The news comes from Anthem's lead producer Michael Gamble on Twitter, who says you can head back to Tarsis or the launch bay after a mission, closing the tweet with "We listened to you."
After a mission, you can head back to Tarsis and catch up with some of the amazing characters we've created for you...OR...head back to the brand new Launch Bay, hang out with your friends, use the forge, reload and grab a new contract. Yeah, we listened to you... details soon! pic.twitter.com/m5sp96IpDh— Michael Gamble (@GambleMike) January 23, 2019
The launch bay is the big new addition, as the alpha simply didn't have any real interaction between players outside of missions. This meant that your cool armor or emotes could only be displayed within the heat of battle and not in a virtual area to chat, pose, and do whatever else you wanted to do common in other MMO-style games like Destiny or The Division. When players brought this up to Gamble on Twitter, he remarked that he has heard the complaints.
The Anthem demo comes to EA Access subscribers and preorders on January 25 through January 27. A public demo will be available a few days later from February 1 to February 3. Bioware has warned that the demo was locked over a month ago and isn't completely accurate to the quality of the game, but it should give you a small taste of what to expect. If nothing else, it's clear that giving feedback from the demo can affect change in the game itself.
Anthem releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on February 22.