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Anthem will have matchmaking for everything, says Ben Irving

Published: 12:00, 15 January 2019
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Anthem will have some interesting features, like in-depth javelin customisation and apparently matchmaking for everything. Ben Irving, BioWare's lead producer on Anthem, stated that every activity will have it, which may be overkill.

BioWare's staff provided a pile of useful Anthem information on Twitter over time, with Mark Darrah proving to be a treasure trove when it comes to bits of information. Every now and then, another BioWare employee happens to tweet something that hits the headlines and this time around it's Ben Irving.

A fan asked Irving whether Anthem will have public matchmaking or if they will have to manually invite players to their party. Irving with a simple "there is matchmaking for every activity in the game". This could mean a pile of entirely different things, from having matchmaking for meeting random NPCs to just matchmaking with several sections.

The Division utilises a simialr system, where players can separately enter matchmaking for two different PvP modes, Dark Zone, Incursions, Missions, Survival, Underground, Resistance and just regular map exploration. Anthem could potentially adopt a similar system, since this covers just about every activity that could use more than one person in a party.

Players are likely worried about matchmaking due to flaws Destiny series endured, but were ultimately fixed, although Bungie needed to make several major changes to how the system worked. This will prove important for Anthem, as Massive Entertainment already have a polished system on their hands and shouldn't find it too hard to incorporate it again in The Division 2, which is probably the main competitor Anthem will face since there will be less than a month between the two games' release dates.

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Then again, The Division 2 has its own selling points as the first annual pass will be free for all players, so it's evident BioWare and Massive Entertainment are aware of the threat Anthem and The Division 2 pose to each other. It remains to be seen which looter shooter will prevail, and the market may be even more hectic now that Destiny 2 is garnering a lot of attention again, since Activision and Bungie split.

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