EA Play 2018: Anthem release date and gameplay details announced

After releasing the decidedly unimpressive Mass Effect: Andromeda and then miring themselves a huge debacle around the pay-to-play loot boxes in Star Wars Battlefront 2, EA's reputation is once again scraping the bottom of the barrel. You have to register here, but once in, you'll have a chance to play the Battlefield 5, new EA Sports games and more.

Anthem, EA's big bet on the epic hobby game, will not have player-versus-player multiplayer. The event starts at 7pm BST and we'll be bringing you everything as it happens, but what should we expect? The studio provided a huge amount of new details about the gameplay and story.

In addition, if you purchase the Legion of Dawn Edition of Anthem for pre-order or after launch will also receive the full set of Legion of Dawn Armor Packs (including the Ranger Javelin Legion of Dawn Armor Pack), a Ranger Javelin gear attachment, the digital soundtrack and more, though EA isn't revealing what right now. The new trailer surrounds a storm that's on the verge of wiping out civilization as we know it. The game will be released on August 10 but the truly big news is that it's coming to PC.

You'll still be building relationships and maintaining friendships, but you won't be falling for any specific characters the way we did in BioWare's previous games. The big answer came on EA's stage today: when you're at home you're on your own.

After years of shifting release windows, EA has given Anthem an official release date: February 22, 2019.

And two games were outright launched during the EA Play: Unravel 2, a co-op sequel to the 2016 EA-published puzzle platformer, and Command and Conquer: Rivals, a new free-to-play, Clash Royale-like spin on the classic RTS series for iOS and Android. As you complete objectives, you return back to the hub to complete your missions and move forward with your individual story arc. BioWare has traditionally specialized in single-player RPGs like Mass Effect and Dragon Age, so an online-first experience is a departure - but the company is promising to focus on story-drive content. Players will wield an arsenal of Javelin exosuits, each equipped with unique weapons and abilities.