In celebration of N7 Day–an annual Mass Effect holiday celebrating the beloved RPG franchise every November 7–BioWare has released new javelin skins in Anthem that are themed after characters from the original trilogy of Mass Effect games. A new emote and wrap have been added to the game as well.
Honestly, the four new javelin skins might be the coolest additions ever implemented into Anthem. The Ranger now has a Turian skin that reshapes the javelin to look like Garrus from Mass Effect 3. The new Storm skin is Asari-themed, making the javelin look like Liara in her default Mass Effect 3 appearance. Neither of the other two skins are based on specific characters, with the new Colossus skin themed after a Krogan and the new Interceptor after a Quarian. All four new skins are pictured below.
Each skin goes for 61,000 Coins or 850 Shards, which roughly translates to $8 USD. There’s a new Mass Effect-themed emote in Anthem’s in-game store too: the Shepard Shuffle. Unlocking the emote allows your javelin to perform the awkward dance of the Mass Effect trilogy’s main character, a long-running joke in the franchise. There’s also a new Mass Effect: Andromeda-themed wrap available for purchase to adjust the Mass Effect skins to look like the armor worn by the Turians, Krogans, Turians, and Asari in the Andromeda Initiative.
BioWare typically does or announces something Mass Effect-related every N7 Day, and it’s looking like these new Anthem cosmetics may be what the developer planned for this year. We’ll have to wait for November 7 to see whether there’s anything else. The javelin skins, emote, and wrap will remain in Anthem’s in-game store until November 12.
During N7 Day 2018, BioWare posted a short video on Twitter where studio boss Casey Hudson teased a new Mass Effect game by knowingly staring at the camera after saying, “It means coming into the studio every day, dreaming about what the next great Mass Effect game will be.” In February 2019, Anthem and Dragon Age executive producer Mark Darrah said that BioWare is “definitely not done with Mass Effect.”
In EA’s latest quarterly earnings call, COO Blake Jorgensen said that the company wants to “deliver some exciting remasters of fan favorites, including the Command and Conquer game we’ve already disclosed.” However, he did not confirm whether those “exciting remasters” might include the Mass Effect trilogy.