After Months Of Delay, Anthem's Cataclysm Event Is Finally Live

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Without any fanfare, today BioWare dropped Anthem’s biggest update since the game was released in February. Update 1.3 adds a bunch of new loot, a guild system, and the game’s long-awaited Cataclysm event, which was originally due out in May.

After a rough launch, BioWare announced a series of updates that would be coming to Anthem in March, April, and May as part of the game’s ongoing live service. That never came to pass as a bunch of features, including a guild system and a limited-time event called Cataclysm, were delayed.

In June, BioWare invited players on PC to demo Cataclysm on test servers, but console players spent most of the early part of the summer with nothing new to do. Now the wait is finally over.

The event itself revolves around a series of new story missions and a new time trial-based activity, complete with a new seasonal currency players will need to earn in order to collect new gear. The activity doesn’t have a level requirement, so new and old players will be able to try it out with the difficulty adjusted accordingly.

There’s also a new guild system, bolstered by a mobile app, which will let players matchmake and pool their weekly experience points in order to earn currency for the game’s cosmetic store more efficiently. The game’s luck stat, which previously affected the likelihood of rare loot dropping, is officially gone, and Legendary Contract missions will now guarantee a Stronghold-level chest upon completion. There’s also a new, melee-specific gear slot for players to customise the stats associated with their melee attack.

While players have been desperate for any bit of new content in the game, Cataclysm’s score-based dungeon runs weren’t necessarily what people had in mind. The game’s loot system, whose problems have been detailed at length, also remains largely the same as it was at launch, and armour customisation is still largely hampered by the lack of options in the game’s cosmetic shop.

It remains to be seen if the update is enough to help right the Anthem ship or if it’s too little, too late.


Comments

    This content is a little too late, this is something that should of been released day one, with a game that had no end day and that this was promoted at their e3 demo, everyone has moved on to new games. I hope BioWare learn from this mistake. Love service games wont work if you give us half a game with hopes and promises...

    I'm sure the 5 people still playing the game will enjoy it.

    Mate, that ship has long been at the bottom of the ocean. Nothing is bringing that badboy back up.

    Any word on this event... having an expiration date?

    If this is gone in two months with nothing to replace it... well its a waste.

    This ship has already sailed, I'm sad to say. Far too little, far too late. I wish it were otherwise, but Anthem is dead to me, and just about everyone else from the looks of it.

    Loot has actually changed significantly. No more luck stat. GM1 remains same as if you had max luck but GM2 and GM3 were buffed significantly and mobs had HP and shields reduced so they are less bullet farm. Also with crystals from events and dailies you get significant amounts of warchests which have guaranteed MW or legendaries. I got 5 legos in 2h tonight.

    I recently upgraded my PC between the launch and this update. Was getting CTD's before and still getting them now, what a joke of a game. Wish I could get a refund on this POS.

    Last edited 08/08/19 10:09 pm

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