Neill Blomkamp, director of District 9, Chappie, and Elysium, has directed a live-action short for Anthem ahead of the game’s release later this month. A (very brief) teaser for the short film, which is titled Conviction, was posted to YouTube earlier today.
The teaser, which you can check out further down this article, shows off very little. There’s a brief look at the world of the game, a shot panning up the legs of a Javelin standing in the rain, and another Javelin seen from underwater. Beyond that, there’s almost nothing to see, beyond a link to a separate channel.
That second channel, Oats Studios, is where the film will premiere at 15:30 GMT (10:30 ET, 07:30 PT) on Thursday, February 14. The description under the video offers a little more information, saying that Conviction will be “a live-action story of survival set in the world of Anthem, decades before the events of the game.” That likely means we’ll be seeing places like hub area Fort Tarsis in a slightly different light than in the game itself.
Known for his sci-fi films, Blomkamp is far from a videogame novice either. He’s previously worked on a Halo short, and was tied to a film with Bungie before that project was canned. More recently, the director has been trying to make a mech game, and even dropped in on Creative Assembly to take a look at their unannounced FPS.
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You can take a look at Conviction for yourself in the video below:
The Anthem release date is now very close – you can check out the game for yourself from February 22, although there are plenty of ways in before then. Let’s hope that that launch is successful though – EA reckons the game is going to sell six million copies in a month. That’s a relatively impressive feat for any title, but Anthem will now have to compete for the recently released (and free-to-play) Apex Legends.