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Here’s a closer look at how Javelin customisation works in Anthem

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You look at a Javelin in Anthem, and you don’t just see several tons of awesome being used to pepper a battlefield with micro-rockets and exotic techno-magic. I see a lethal expression of individuality, suits which can be tailored to provide a unique and glorious final image before an enemy finds their face rearranged by a mechanised metal fist of frontier justice.

Probably some microtransactions as well, but hey I’ll leave that for the launch day blues. What you will get in Anthem, is what Bioware calls the Forge. A location that allows you to cosmetically alter your Javelins, players will be able to tinker with various parts on each suit. The Ranger suit gives you eight options as an example, focusing on the helmet, arms, chest, legs, paint, wear state and vinyls, with animations forming the eighth.

“We’ve got elements that can change the silhouette of your suit, and then elements that are going to be able to change how they look,” Associate Producer Leah Shinkewski explained during a recent stream.

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Helmet, chest, arm, and leg cosmetics affect the silhouette of each suit – changing the shape of your javelin’s head, for instance. “And then, of course, your paint, your vinyls, and your wear state will all adjust the physical appearance of the suit.

Players will be able to unlock more flair as they progress through Anthem, their time spent in the field reflecting their experience and battles. To further drive home the unique look of a Javelin, players will also have access to an artist’s selection of paint. Materials range from metallic sheen to leathery exteriors, with colour combinations adding to the options available. “Once you’ve picked out your materials, you can choose your suit’s colour combo,” EA says.

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You can assign a different colour to each material category, either from a list of presets or from a colour wheel that gives you an entire rainbow to work with. Looking for some lime-green cloth paired with fiery red canvas print? You can make that happen. Plus, all your work can be saved and updated later.

A selection of vinyls finishes off the lookof a Javelin, but if you’re a fan of seeing wear and tear on your armour, then you can easily scuff up your suit and give it a weathered look. “Players can choose how they want their exosuit to look,” Character Director Francis Lacuna added.

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Do they want it to look all beat up? Do we want it to look dirty? Do we want it to have chipped paint? Players can go ahead and do that.

I think we all want to stand out from the pack, and Anthem looks like it’ll have plenty of tools in its artistic arsenal to allow players to do just that. How those tools are influenced by the ever-present state of microtransactions in the industry today, remains to be seen when Anthem launches next year February.

Last Updated: November 27, 2018

23 Comments

  1. N7 armour…

    That is just a slap in the face TBH.

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    • konfab

      November 27, 2018 at 13:13

    • CrAiGiSh

      November 28, 2018 at 09:15

      Yip … instant triggered when I saw that …

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  2. Original Heretic

    November 27, 2018 at 13:34

    Is it effective? Yes? Then looks mean nothing.

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    • Magoo

      November 27, 2018 at 13:45

      Bullshit. Look good feel good. Cosmetics in games is a billion-dollar industry. It means something on a psychological level, at least, for those of us who have feelings. >.>

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      • Original Heretic

        November 27, 2018 at 13:51

        If I could take out enemies effectively, I’d be happy to look like a…a…(what’s the worst thing I can think of…)…a piece of cheese.

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        • Magoo

          November 27, 2018 at 13:54

          I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you were referring to @MonsterCheddar:disqus <.<

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          • Original Heretic

            November 27, 2018 at 13:54

            I will neither confirm nor deny such a terrible accusation.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      November 27, 2018 at 14:48

      I need to kill in style. If only you knew how much time I spent customising my XCOM operatives or warframes.

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      • Original Heretic

        November 27, 2018 at 15:17

        I don’t have that kind of time in my life. I get character, play character. Fiddling with aesthetics is time wasted

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        • Pariah

          November 27, 2018 at 17:29

          You must be fun at parties.

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          • Original Heretic

            November 27, 2018 at 17:32

            I’m awesome at parties! I get all dressed up

          • Pariah

            November 27, 2018 at 17:42

            Putting pants on doesn’t count as getting dressed up. 😛

          • Original Heretic

            November 27, 2018 at 17:52

            My underpants radius doesn’t extend further than my house. And even then, limited areas only. Snoopy bloody neighbours always peering into our windows…
            Me getting dressed up is actually quite a sight to behold, or so I’m told. I tend to dress for comfort, like, always. So the few occasions that I do get all snazzy, BAM!, I bring the hawt.
            Heh, the one show I did (many years back, much younger and prettier), the first costume call we had (basically a full rehearsal where all everyone does is try on various outfits to see which ones will be best and all that), I had to try on a few different suits. Suddenly the sloppy guy who was always wearing baggy shorts and t-shirts comes striding out in well-fitted suits. The one lass in the show, when she saw me, LITERALLY uttered “oh my god!” and stared at me with open mouth and wide eyes.
            Oh, to be young again…

          • Pariah

            November 27, 2018 at 19:10

            tl;dr

            😀

          • Pariah

            November 27, 2018 at 19:10

            Also. That’s fucking epic. 😀

          • Original Heretic

            November 28, 2018 at 09:24

            Additional bonus? That lass was haaaawwwwwt! Yeah, I did something about that!

  3. Pariah

    November 27, 2018 at 13:36

    The best part about Warframe was the customisation. This makes me even more excited 😀

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