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Neill Blomkamp's 'Conviction' is a prequel to BioWare's Anthem

13 Feb 2019
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If you’re going to make a live action film short based on BioWare’s upcoming game Anthem, who better to partner with than one of sci-fi’s acclaimed film directors.

EA and BioWare have teamed up with director Neill Blomkamp to create Conviction, an original live-action short film that’s based on Anthem.

You may remember Neill Blomkamp’s name from such films as District 9, Chappie, and Elysium. If you’ve seen any of those films, the short teaser trailer will seem somewhat familiar to you.

In Conviction, Blomkamp brings the vast world of Anthem to life with his own story set decades before the beginning of the game. 

The short invites viewers to experience Blomkamp’s unique style of creating photorealistic visual effects and bringing them seamlessly into the real world, this time with EA’s highly-anticipated new game.

Blomkamp’s a fan of Anthem – he says he was ‘blown away’ by its incredible world.

Going by the teaser’s YouTube comments, there are plenty of excited fans – and others who wonder why Blomkamp would be a great director for the Alien film franchise.

The entire short film premieres on February 15, at 4.30am New Zealand time on the Oats Studios YouTube channel.

Meanwhile, BioWare’s actual Anthem game is set to be released on February 22 worldwide for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox one.

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 customise and personalise 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.

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.

Here’s the Conviction teaser trailer: