There Are No Romances in Anthem, Just Friendships

There Are No Romances in Anthem, Just Friendships

What is love? Anthem won't show me~

Humans will pack-bond with literally anything, including video game characters. BioWare's Mass Effect series, for example, is famous for letting you get into bed with a multitude of sexy aliens. Unfortunately, BioWare's upcoming MMO RPG shooter, Anthem, won't have any options to kindle romances. Everyone is going to stay friends.

"There are no romances. There are friendships," lead producer Mike Gamble told Game Informer for its Anthem cover story. "Some of the stuff we did with Mass Effect—the Citadel DLC specifically—there was a lot of friendship moments. You and Garrus sitting up, shooting—that kind of stuff, we want to lean into that. The romantic stuff, we’re moving away from that for Anthem."

Friends are indeed important to have in an untamed world filled with monsters who love to snack on human flesh, but I just feel like extra friends who double as bed-warmers are important too, you know? Especially since dangerous landscapes are always in need of a population boost. We're a disappointingly vulnerable species, aren't we?

Regardless of how I feel about the lack of Anthem's romance options (and regardless of the fact I'm still kind of miffed Mass Effect's options for Krogan romance are sub-par), at least you'll have tons of friends to count on when the game comes out on February 22. Need to borrow a cup of sugar? Need to borrow a hammer or a TV table or power sander? You're covered! Now all you need to do is keep an eye on our guide to everything you need to know about Anthem.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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