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EA takes Anthem to big screen with SA director

The games company will make its first movie, Conviction, with Oscar-nominated science-fiction director Neill Blomkamp.



Electronic Arts and Neill Blomkamp, the Academy Award-nominated South African director of District 9Elysium, and Chappie,have revealed that they have collaborated on Conviction, an original live-action short-film based on BioWare’s Anthem

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 style of creating photorealistic visual effects and bringing them seamlessly into the real world, this time with EA’s highly-anticipated new game.

teaser of Blomkamp’s Conviction went live earlier this week, with the full short going live today (14 February at 5:30PM) on the Oats Studios YouTube channel. In the short, people see the player city of Fort Tarsis in the game come to life, with the freelancers that live within it. The 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 off 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 Neill 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.”

Click here to read more about Anthem, the game, and its release date.

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