Anthem Developer Reveals 16-Player ‘Launch Bay’ Social Space


BioWare’s shared-world shooter Anthem is creeping closer to store shelves, and many fans of the veteran development house are keeping a keen eye on this peculiar game, which marks bold new ground for the company.

You play as a group of Freelancers (no, not the kind writing this article) who wear powerful suits of armour known as Javelins. The third-person shooter involves open world exploration and plans to mix single-player elements (what you could call BioWare’s strong suit) with multiplayer co-operative play for up to four players at a time.

As we approach release, Anthem lead producer Michael Gamble posted a quick update on Twitter detailing the Launch Bay, Anthem’s social space which operates in a fairly similar manner to Destiny 2’s The Farm.

Gamble explains that after a mission, you can head to the Launch Bay to “hang out with your friends, use the forge, reload and grab a new contract.” This appears to be a response to player demand for a social space “Yeah, we listened to you..” which will excite fans looking for an experience close to Destiny. Social Spaces are an important part of any modern shared-world shooter, as its good to get a moments peace away from all of the chaos to you know… perform emotes.

Gamble explained that this feature will not be in the fast-approaching VIP demo from January 25-27, but will appear in the full release, which isn’t too far away either. Anthem is set to launch on February 22 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, so grab some friends and join the freelance life!