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New Anthem footage shows full first mission and ultimate abilities

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Bioware has released another chunk of gameplay footage for Anthem (opens in new tab), this time taking us through the first mission of the game and showing off the ultimate abilities of some of the characters.

The footage above, from a Paris Games Week livestream, shows a team of four set off to find a lost arcanist called Matthias. They fly from camp to camp, discovering clues as they trace Matthias's signal, and it all culminates in a mini-boss fight against a big enemy with a huge shield and a flamethrower. 

We get a look at the ultimate ability of the Storm Javelin—it's a huge elemental storm concentrated in a small area. It looks pretty impressive, even on low settings, which the team are using to show off this alpha build of the game (opens in new tab). You'll also see Storm fire off bolts of lightning and ice during regular combat.

The Interceptor Javelin, described as a "space ninja", is also along for the ride, and their ultimate sees them whip out dual blades and warp from enemy to enemy, dealing huge damage. 

The audio echoes for the first 3:37, so it's probably best to skip forward (the team recaps the first three minutes anyway). You can see the Storm ultimate at 13:45 and the Interceptor ultimate at 24:50. In the middle of the video, the team stops playing for a Q&A. All told there's around 20 minutes of gameplay in the half hour video. 

Bearing in mind it's running on low settings, what do you make of what you see?

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.