BioWare announced during Anthem‘s PAX West 2018 panel that any story DLC the game receives post launch will be free of cost for all players. The developer has said that it doesn’t want to divide its audience, and as previously stated, only cosmetic items will be purchasable.
“First, so, no loot boxes,” executive producer Mark Darrah reiterated. “There will be some cosmetic stock that you can pay for but it will always be earnable. For storytelling we don’t want to divide the audience, we want people to be able to experience the same stories so none of that is going to be locked.”
High-level gear and weapons can be earned by playing the game but some of them may be locked behind certain challenges. For example, “Strongholds will give certain things,” according to Darrah.
Separately, in an interview with CinemaBlend, Darrah said that Anthem‘s DLC will continue evolving character stories.
“Because of the way that we’re going to release story and additional character moments in Anthem, we can continue to evolve the character forward in a way that we haven’t done before,” he explained.
Anthem is scheduled for release on February 22, 2019 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. A public demo is set to launch on February 1.