Anthem will not have romance options

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Is there no room for love in a world of monsters and cool mech suits? Apparently not, alas. Game Informer (opens in new tab) reports that BioWare's Anthem will feature zero smooching. 

Lead producer Mike Gamble tells GI: “There are no romances. There are friendships. Some of the stuff we did with Mass Effect—the Citadel DLC specifically—there was a lot of friendship moments. You and Garrus sitting up, shooting—that kind of stuff, we want to lean into that. The romantic stuff, we’re moving away from that for Anthem.” 

That means no awkward flirting across the carcasses of slain bosses. More's the pity. Citadel was ace, though, so if there's a breath of that sort of camaraderie in Anthem we might get to enjoy some of that BioWare magic after all.

Anthem is due out in February 2019 (opens in new tab), and it won't feature lootboxes (opens in new tab)(though there will be cosmetic microtransactions). Watch the cinematic trailer (opens in new tab) from today's EA press conference for a flavour of EA's third-person Destiny-a-like. We're collecting everything we know about Anthem in one place, so stick around for more details on BioWare's latest. 

Part of the UK team, Tom was with PC Gamer at the very beginning of the website's launch—first as a news writer, and then as online editor until his departure in 2020. His specialties are strategy games, action RPGs, hack ‘n slash games, digital card games… basically anything that he can fit on a hard drive. His final boss form is Deckard Cain.