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Anthem Video Game to Release Live-Action Short By Neill Blomkamp

With the eagerly anticipated online action role-playing game Anthem being released next week, publisher Electronic Arts has enlisted an acclaimed sci-fi filmmaker to help them promote the upcoming video game.

Neil Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie) has directed a live-action short film set in the upcoming game's sci-fi universe titled Conviction: An Anthem Story. Developer BioWare has released a short teaser video of the film with the full release scheduled for this Thursday, February 14.

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Showing several breathtaking visual shots and hints at a cataclysmic battle, the online multiplayer game is BioWare's return to the sci-fi genre after their acclaimed Mass Effect franchise and appears to be an answer, of sorts, to rival company Bungie's popular online shooter Destiny.

Blomkamp had previously worked with Bungie in 2007 on Halo Landfall, a series of live-action short films to help promote the release of Halo 3 while providing a proof of concept for a then-in development live-action Halo film that was ultimately cancelled due to budget concerns.

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Anthem is developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts. It will be released on February 22 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

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