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EA Sets ‘Anthem’ Release Date and Brings Yarny Back to E3

A recap of EA's big E3 pre-show

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During EA’s pre-E3 event this weekend, called EA Pla, the publisher confirmed that Bioware’s “Anthem” will launch on Feb 22, 2019. Anthem is a social-based Action-RPG with cooperative multiplayer at the core. Players customize an array of powered Javelin exosuits and team up to face their enemies through exploration and combat.

In Anthem, up to four players explore and battle in a dangerous, mysterious place that is home to a unique BioWare story. Players will also create stories of their own while they play, so no two journeys are the same, at least according to the announcements. Javelin exosuits make their pilots powerful heroes in the world, with weapons and special abilities that allow for combat and exploration in a hostile environment. Players will be able to customize and personalize their suits with unique paint jobs and gear so they’ll have the right tools to confront almost any situation, and look good doing it.

Players excited to enter the dangerous world of Anthem are now able to pre-order the game. Those who do will receive VIP demo access and a unique in-game Founders banner. Those who pre-order the Anthem standard edition will also receive a legendary weapon and the Legion of Dawn Armor Pack for the Ranger Javelin as part of their pre-order content. In addition, those who 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.

Anthem is developed by BioWare and will be available worldwide February 22 for Origin for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Origin Access Premier members can be the first to play the full game with unlimited access on PC starting February 15, and EA Access and Origin Access Basic members can enjoy up to 10 hours of play time as part of the Play First Trial.

Another big topic during the event was the new PC subscription tier called Origin Access Premier. Starting this summer, players can join Origin Access Premier to enjoy full access to new EA releases on PC before anyone else, including the upcoming launches of EA SPORTS Madden NFL 19, EA SPORTS FIFA 19, Battlefield V and Anthem.

“Millions of players have experienced the fun of playing more games through our subscription programs, and today we’re taking another groundbreaking step with Origin Access Premier,” said Electronic Arts’ Chief Executive Officer Andrew Wilson. “Origin Access Premier unlocks unprecedented levels of choice and value for players who love PC games. For the first time in a subscription, you’re getting new games like Madden NFL 19, FIFA 19, Battlefield V and Anthem, and full access to more than 100 games from EA and other publishers with a single membership. We’re thrilled to be opening up this new way for players to access great games, with the freedom to play what they want, whenever they want.”

Included in the Origin Access Premier membership is full access to EA’s upcoming highly-anticipated games on PC. EA SPORTS Madden NFL 19 will be available August 2 for Origin Access Premier members, FIFA 19 will go online on September 20th. If you’re excited for Battlefield V, that will begin on October 11th for Origin Access Premier members, and Anthem will launch on February 15th.

Members will also receive the benefits from the current Origin Access Basic membership that already includes an evolving library of 100+ games, including Battlefield 1, Mad Max and the Batman: Arkham series, as well as newly added titles, including Need For Speed Payback, Inside, This Is The Police, Surge and more. Along with a 10% discount on Origin purchases.

Additionally, joining Origin Access Premier will give players a whole new way to play with life through unlimited access to The Sims 4, including content from the Digital Deluxe Update, Dine Out Game Pack and Kids Room Stuff Pack.

Origin Access Premier will be $14.99 per month or $99.99 per year. To be among the first to hear more about Origin Access Premier and pre-register you can check out all the details on origin.com/origin-access/ea_play.

The world of “Unravel” is coming back, the adorable yarn-creation is getting a sequel called “Unravel 2“. Coldwood revealed and launched Unravel Two this week. The innovative new single player and co-op puzzle platformer comes from the Swedish studio that brought to life Yarny, the tiny red woolen character that captured the hearts of players in 2015 with the hit indie game, Unravel. Unravel Two builds off of the original game and centers on the bond between two Yarnys, which can be played as a single player or local co-op drop-in/drop-out experience, available beginning today. The two Yarnys will need to support one another as they work through tricky trials and traverse between beautiful natural landscapes and intricate urban environments, with the surroundings blossoming into new life as they embark on an adventure together.

“Unravel Two is about the new bonds that form when we cut ties to the past,” said Martin Sahlin, Creative Director at Coldwood. “Like Unravel, it is a deeply personal game for the studio and our passion and life experiences are intertwined in the fabric of the journey players and their Yarnys will embark on. Unravel Two is about the unbreakable bond between friends and how hope and love can make the world around us a better place.”

Unravel Two features a new story filled with energy, intrigue, and inspiration, as well as ominous threats. Players can customize their own Yarnys by helping others in Unravel Two, as they jump, slide, swing and run along their adventure with two Yarnys side-by-side or joined together, always. The engaging and lighthearted story of Unravel Two demonstrates the power of positivity in the face of uncertainty. Unravel Two is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB and so now available worldwide for $19.99 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

If you enjoy mobile games, “Command & Conquer: Rivals” launched on iOS and Android. The game will be both player versus player (PVP) and a real-time strategy game (RTS). Taking advantage of mobile’s touch interface, Command & Conquer: Rivals gives players continuous control of their armies as they face off in intense head-to-head battles where skill and strategy are key to victory.

Starting today, players can pre-register to find out when Command & Conquer: Rivals is available worldwide by heading to cncrivals.com. Android users can also pre-register on Google Play by searching “Command & Conquer: Rivals”. US and Canadian Android players that pre-register will also be eligible to join the Command & Conquer: Rivals”.

Players will choose between the Global Defense Initiative and the Brotherhood of Nod factions, selecting their favorite Commanders to control their ultimate army in battle. By collecting, customizing, and upgrading a vast array of units and forces from the iconic Command & Conquer series, you can defeat your rivals on the battlefield and lead your army to victory.