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Back in April, Bioware delayed its roadmap for Anthem in order to do some housekeeping on the base game. Yesterday, EA announced that there will be an update to the game that will improve the base game and pave the way for Anthem’s major update, Cataclysm.
IGN posted a quote from EA community manager BW_Darokaz…
“This update contains some under the hood content you won’t see right away, but is setting things up for a future update, the Cataclysm.” – PATCH NOTES
Today, we had our first look at the update Cataclysm. It didn’t jump start any hype, at least not from what I read during the live stream chat. Viewers seemed underwhelmed and it makes a lot of sense.
During the live stream, we learned that the Cataclysm will be an 8-week event. Two of those weeks will be a Pre-Event. After the Cataclysm arrives it will be a 6-week drip feed.
Ben Irving and Jesse Anderson confirmed new gear and weapons but they aren’t coming until basically the end of the Cataclysm event.
Why would I want to wait for 8 weeks to get new loot that I’ve been starving for since the game released?
Something that did sound interesting was the War Chests. By playing the Cataclysm event, you will earn currency that you’ll pay to a new vendor in the social space. You’ll open up the War Chests and that is how you get your loot.
They also mentioned 3 new missions, a new arena called the Cataclysm, a scoring system for the arena activity and leader boards to keep track of your progress versus other players. However, the leader board is another addition that will come later after the Cataclysm update.
Plus, they spoke more about the Public Test Server (PTS) for PC ONLY more than the actual update.
So the PTS will allow PC players to test this Cataclysm update before it goes live. So Bioware and EA are pretty much opening a yet another beta in 1 week to test of the community before releasing the actual content to the players who paid $60 for the game when it released.
I can understand trying to test the player base before you release your content. However, at this point, the community is starved. Wouldn’t anything be better than nothing?
They basically talked for 30 minutes about the PTS more than the actual update and that is scary. There is still no date for the actual Cataclysm release.
A promise of more loot dropping, a leader board competition, new weapons, new rewards and not have an actual release date for it gives you something to think about as a player.
The most important thing should be getting the content that was promised released to your player base. All of your player base, not just PC.
What about your console player base?
I guess the release date for the Cataclysm will be based on the positive or negative feedback that Bioware receives during their testing ground.
Anthem Opinion – Opinion: Scared out of buying Anthem(click here).
During the Anthem Demo, I played. My initial thought was, wow this is a beautiful game. I found a really hard hitting sniper right at the start of my game play and kept it on the entire time. Why change something that works?
The story that I encountered didn’t really make sense to me so I chose to not waste my time trying to figure it out.
And after my first hour, some of my friends jumped on and we played. We were enjoying doing the open missions together. I even unlocked the Storm Javelin.
My favorite part was the co-op. However, the co-op turned sour when my entire group was kicked from the server during a stronghold mission at the boss.
My entire group didn’t think twice to quit, because who wants to go through all of the over again just to be kicked?
And that was just the demo.
After the official launch, I didn’t hear any good news. I saw reports of the game crashing, secret patches, and boycotts by the player base until BioWare and EA fixed the game.
And then a new patch 1.0.4 was released and it sounded like a nice band aid.
But the first thing I hear is a negative review about loot caches containing cosmetic items instead of quality upgrades for your freelancer.
I don’t know. It sounds scary to me. And it doesn’t sound like something I want to invest my time in. No offense, but as a player that stuck it out with Destiny and Destiny 2, I am now content with the space that the game is in and how it’s shaping up.
See my opinion piece on the current state of Destiny 2.
I’ll keep a watch out for positive feedback, but I am not interested in starting all over again with Anthem. For the players who are playing Anthem and wish it was better…
Good luck, let me know how that goes in three to five years.