According to BioWare GM Aaryn Flynn, the developer’s new IP, Anthem, is more in the science fantasy genre like Star Wars rather than science fiction genre like Mass Effect.
Speaking to CBC about what genre the game falls into, Flynn said the following:
“It’s in a genre we call science fantasy. Very much like Star Wars, very much like the Marvel Universe where you see a lot of amazing things happening but we don’t worry too much about why they are happening or how they’re happening; the science of it.
“Mass Effect is a more a real hardcore science-fiction IP [but Anthem] is much more about just having fun in a game world that lush and exotic and really sucks you in.”
So basically what Flynn is saying, is unlike Mass Effect and IPs like Star Trek, Anthem is not a science fiction game that worries about planting you in a fictional world based on plausible, real-world science. Aka hitting you over the head with science and lingo you don’t understand.
Meanwhile science fantasy is more about the space magic, the unexplainable, and not based in real-world science. Some examples being, Destiny and of course good ol’ Star Wars.
Anthem is in development for PS4, Xbox One and PC, aiming for a 2018 release window. If you want, you can check out the game’s gameplay debut, showing off — at the very least — a very beautiful looking game. Additionally, you can also read more about the game’s setting, combat, and more.
Lastly, it was recently confirmed that renown writer Drew Karpyshyn is working as a writer on Anthem, giving hope to many long-time BioWare fans that Anthem will deliver a classic BioWare tale.