Anthem will not have loot boxes. The game’s executive producer, Mark Darrah, confirmed at EA’s E3 conference that the game’s microtransactions will not be randomised or hidden within loot boxes, and will not be pay-to-win.
There will still be microtransactions, but they will be limited to cosmetic items, allowing you to customise your suit (known in-game as a Javelin, and piloted by characters known as freelancers) with your own colour scheme. It seems that you’ll also be able to adapt your suit with tools to help you during gameplay, although Darrah and the other Anthem developers at EA’s E3 conference were less clear on that.
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The lack of loot boxes wasn’t the only announcement coming from Anthem’s E3 showing. The Anthem release date was also confirmed for early next spring (although a leak from Amazon Italy did tease a date near that just before the conference started). Darrah also stated in a separate interview that Anthem’s frame rate will not be locked on PC.
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EA and BioWare also had another Anthem announcement from E3 2018. The game will release on February 22, 2019 (although a cheeky pre-E3 leak from Amazon Italy did hint that it would be a little bit earlier).