At this time, men above the age of twenty and women over the age of eighteen are sent to the City Palace of Mating for one night with a person allocated to them by the Council of Eugenics in order to have children. Equality has visited the palace twice and is embarrassed by the experience. He decides to contact Liberty 5-3000 one day. When he does so, she tells him that equality can choose which traits he wishes to pass on and which he would like to kill.
Equality wants to prove to Liberty 5-3000 that humans can live together in harmony even though they are genetically different. So, he goes to the palace again but this time with someone who shares his traits: another human being. The two people enter the palace and agree to meet in five years' time outside the walls of the city. But after only three months, they decide to break their agreement and have children instead. They do this because they want there to be more humans like themselves in the world.
Equality lives in freedom inside the walled city of Mating and works as a lab technician.
One day, Equality visits a place where new citizens are given an opportunity to choose their own fate. There are two rooms: one contains all those who were deemed unfit to live freely otherwise; the other holds those who were found worthy of living freely but lack the strength to leave the city alone.
EQUALITY 7-2521 has pledged to return and release his brothers one day. That day has finally arrived. Liberty follows equality! Set in a future dystopia where the single pronoun has been abolished from human language, this action-packed and thought-provoking sequel to Ayn Rand's 1937 novella Anthem. The story begins with an assassination attempt on President Olivia Edison, who has just signed legislation outlawing biological life forms. Only minutes before he was to address a rally of her supporters, the president is shot dead. Her death triggers off a civil war that will destroy everything we have built over the past few decades. It is up to EQUALITY to save our world from destruction once again.
He has two years to prepare for this mission. His brotherhood must regain their strength if they are to have any chance of success. And so begins another exciting chapter in the lives of Alex, Equalia, and the rest of the team.
Anthem 2 is scheduled to be released on August 30th, 2020. The first game was a critical and commercial success when it was released in 2013 for many reasons, not least of which was its use of technology that wasn't available at the time. It has a strong following today in part because it revived interest in Rand's work which had fallen out of favor after her death in 1957.
Characters from the Anthem
Equality 7-2521 was born with a curse: he'd spent much of his existence contemplating illegal things. And he doesn't fight back. This is problematic since, according to the World Council, all men should seek to be identical. Everyone must come together to make one giant, joyous, indivisible "WE." Which is why Equality's father, the great leader Kestrel 7-5051, invented the Curse. If Equity ever thinks about refusing the offer to join the We, he'll be forced to walk the earth with this mark on his face for the rest of his days.
But hey, at least he has these amazing powers!
Equality has the ability to bend space and time to his will (with some limitations). He can fly, teleport, heal himself, disappear, alter physical reality with a snap of his fingers...the list goes on.
He uses his powers to help people, but sometimes he fails. That's how he got into trouble in the first place - by trying to save someone else's son from jail when he could have just as easily left them alone. But now that he has become part of the We, he can never go back on his word. He can't break any laws, because if he does, he'll have to live with the pain of knowing that he's lost everyone who believed in him.
Anthem is set several years after the Invasion.