Anthem’s Storytelling Mechanics Will Influence Dragon Age 4, New Mass Effect


PAX West was incredibly busy for Bioware this year, detailing quite a bit about their upcoming shooter Anthem. Most of the details revolved around just how the story would work within the game which includes what the developers call “continuous storytelling” that will allow them to expand upon the story post-launch. It would seem that depending on the success of the method, Bioware could use some of these storytelling elements in future titles.


According BioWare’s panel during PAX West with lead producer Mike Gamble, their previous games always told a main story with later expansions through DLC. With Anthem, the developers hope to do something similar though at a different pace and with slight variations to the player experience.  Instead of waiting for months or even years before content arrives the developers hope to continuously add to the tale over the course of years. It’s Bioware’s hope that this kind of storytelling could be used for future titles as well:

For Anthem, where we’d all like to see us head, is the ability to tell new great stories throughout the years, throughout the months after launch. So after Anthem, we can say, okay, now we’re going to expand the storyline for one of those Agents, or now that certain points in the game world have happened, this changes the relationship, this changes this character, this changes the type of missions for certain characters. Or even we add new characters, we add new Agents. We can do all that and Anthem gives us the tools to do all that. My point is that I hope that future games, whether it’s Dragon Age or the other one that starts with ‘Mass’, continues to utilise this kind of storytelling.”

Anthem is set to release on February 22nd of next year for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Could this continous storytelling be the future of BioWare? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below. As always, don’t forget to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter for 24/7 coverage of all things gaming and entertainment.

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