Discussing their shared-world action-RPG in an interview with CBC earlier this month, BioWare General Manager Aaryn Flynn revealed that Anthem is in the science fantasy genre, putting it closer to Star Wars than Mass Effect:
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’re happening or how they’re happening; the science of it.
Mass Effect is more a real hardcore science fiction IP. [Anthem] is much more about just having fun in a game world that is really lush and exotic and really sucks you in.
Asked if it’s a shooter, Flynn replied, “Yeah… there’s shooting mechanics in it. It’s an action game, it’s a role-playing game, it’s got a lot of those elements to it that let you just become a character and participate in this.”
Anthem is scheduled to release in fall 2018