Electronic Arts announced today that Academy Award-nominated director Neill Blomkamp (known for his work on District 9, Elysium, and Chappie) has directed an original live-action short film based on BioWare's Anthem. Called Conviction, the film brings the vast world of Anthem to life an original story set decades before the beginning of the game.
Blomkamp's Conviction will go live on February 14th on the Oats Studios YouTube channel. In the short, people will see the player city of Fort Tarsis in the game come to life, and the freelancers that live within it. These freelancers who use Javelin exosuits have been re-created by Neill's team to show them in live action as they fight off the main villain and head of the evil Dominion faction, the Monitor.
"I was really blown away by this incredible world BioWare created the very first time I saw Anthem," said Blomkamp. "Conviction sets the stage with a narrative that touches on Anthem's beautiful and immersive world, which is ripe for exploration by these powerful Javelins. A world where danger is lurking on every ledge and in each valley."
For background, here's the official story synopsis for the game:
In Anthem, players can play with up to three friends to explore and battle in a dangerous, mysterious world with great characters and a unique BioWare story. As freelancers, players don Javelin exosuits, making them powerful heroes with strong weapons and incredible special abilities to help them survive in an ever-changing, unfinished world. Players will be able to customize and personalize their Javelins with unique paint jobs and gear so they'll have the right tools to confront almost any situation, and look good doing it. As players work together to find vast ruins, defeat deadly enemies and claim otherworldly artifacts, they'll be unlocking their own individual story fighting against The Dominion, a ferocious militaristic society.
Players can unleash their power in Anthem worldwide on February 22 for Origin for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Origin Access Premier members can be the first to play the full game with unlimited access on PC starting February 15, and EA Access and Origin Access Basic members can enjoy up to 10 hours of play time as part of the Play First Trial.*
You can check out the Anthem: Conviction teaser below.