BioWare added a multiplayer social hub to Anthem just weeks before its new online action-RPG is set to launch. The area was developed based on feedback from players who weren't so enthused to learn that online interactions were previously only available in PvE areas.
When Anthem was first announced BioWare revealed that the main mission hub of Fort Tarsis would be purposefully single-player only. This was so players could have the classic single-player BioWare experience, while playing a fully online co-op game. But players accustomed to social hub locations in games like Destiny were disappointed to learn that social interactions would be relegated to combat areas.
BioWare responded by developing Launch Bay, a 16-player social hub in Fort Tarsis that players can choose to enter after completing a mission. The Launch Bay lets players interact with each other in their Javelin armor, customize their loadout, and accept new quests. They can also emote at one another, which is very important these days.
After a mission, you can head back to Tarsis and catch up with some of the amazing characters we've created for you...OR...head back to the brand new Launch Bay, hang out with your friends, use the forge, reload and grab a new contract. Yeah, we listened to you... details soon! pic.twitter.com/m5sp96IpDh— Michael Gamble (@GambleMike) January 23, 2019
Anthem lead producer Michael Gamble revealed the Launch Bay on Twitter last night, and said it was a way for BioWare to show players how BioWare plans on handling its live-service elements based on player feedback. During an interview last year, Gamble was clear that Anthem's launch was only the beginning for the title, and that BioWare would be paying close attention to the needs of the community.
We got a chance to play several hours of Anthem recently and came away very impressed with the combat. Will it be enough to satiate hardcore fans? Time will tell, but BioWare at least is making a show of how quickly it can develop big new features for players on the fly.