You can turn off Anthem’s floating damage numbers

Anthem floaties

For me, one of the most jarring things about Anthem’s E3 showing was the revelation that numbers would pop out of enemies as you shoot them, representing the damage you’re dealing. While it’s a common trope in RPGs like Diablo, I found that they felt out of touch with Anthem’s overall theme, disrupting the appearance of the beautiful world BioWare has created. Thankfully, however, you can turn them off.

It seems I wasn’t the only one concerned about the numbers, or ‘Damage Floaties’ as BioWare has dubbed them. In a tweet last night, Anthem’s game director, Mark Darrah, responded to what he says was the “most common question of all,” revealing that you can simply turn off the floaties if you’d rather not see them.

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You can view the tweet in its entirety below, but it basically reveals a screenshot of an in-game menu. That menu suggests that you can simply turn the floaties off if you don’t want them to appear. 

If you think they’re useful, but would rather the figures had less of an impact, you can also scale down the floaties’ size and opacity, making sure they obscure less of your screen. It’s worth pointing out that you don’t need them at all – the footage revealed that Anthem enemies have health bars, so you’ll know more or less how much damage you’re putting out anyway.

The Anthem release date is February 22, 2019. You check out that Anthem E3 demo, featuring a boss fight with a horrible spider monster, to help tide you over if you don’t think you can make it all the way to February.