BioWare General Manager Casey Hudson has stated in the latest Creating World blog the developer's upcoming ambitious title Anthem will be able to be enjoyed as a fully single player experience for those who desire to do so.
Since it was initially teased and then officially revealed last year during E3 2017, all signs pointed to this game being a multiplayer-only type of game. Fortunately, that doesn't appear to be the case, as Casey Hudson put it:
And yes, even though Anthem is meant to bring out the best parts of playing as part of an online community, you can choose to play through the story with only your friends, or even on your own.
That follows a statement where he says, "We think [Anthem] creates a unique experience where you have control over your own story, but your story is set in an ever-changing multiplayer world." Of course, don't think for a moment that this will be the norm for the studio going forward as he spells out how they have teams working on design approaches that are very different from Anthem "including one that's very Dragon Age."
In the blog post, he talks about the feelings people have during multiplayer, in particular the concerns regarding story in this type of environment. While games have tried to tackle the idea of making you the focus of the story in a player-driven design, it "hasn't been solved well before." Clearly, they hope to tackle that with Anthem.
The post finishes by sharing that Anthem will be shown live to fans at EA Play (EA's off-site E3 experience) in Hollywood where plenty more details will be revealed.
Anthem was recently delayed to early 2019 and is still confirmed to be released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.