Anthem may not have had the smoothest of launches, but the developers over at Bioware are keeping their commitment to release the planned post-launch content, including the first major world event, Cataclysm. Although the studio never committed to a specific time-frame for the event, it was released alongside a major patch that included tweaks and bug fixes.
Anthem Cataclysm - Changes Incoming
The biggest change in the update is the inclusion of brand new story missions in the endgame's Cataclysm event. Players can access the new missions from the Expedition screen if they've completed the Incursion mission in the main story. The update also introduces modifiers to take on special missions, a seasonal store with new seasonal currency, and leaderboards. Another major changes include inversions, which modify how your Javelin reacts to the environment and enemies, and changes to how the Luck and Alliance system works. Also included was a variety of bug and weapon balancing patches that are aimed at improving the overall player experience. It seems as if the changes are aimed at providing more variety for players in the endgame and more accessible loot grinding experience. For those interested EA has also released a companion Guild app for IOS and Google Play. The CEO of EA recently shared his thoughts on the state of Anthem and some of the game's struggles at launch but assured fans that the game still has the potential to turn into something special. For those interested, the full patch notes can be found here. For all the latest on Anthem be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com!
BioWare launched their new shared world shooter last week and although the game received mixed reviews on release the developer isn't giving up on the title. This has been made clear with BioWare's reveal of what changes and events players can expect over the next 90 days.
In a post that BioWare on their blog, Chad Robertson, Head of Live Service on Anthem, shared his vision for the first couple months of the game with a look at the 90-Day Roadmap of what the live-service team has planned.
Anthem in 90 Days
Below is a list of the activities in order of the month that they will be deployed. None of these updates have been given proper release dates, just timeframes. We'll be sure to keep an eye out for any official word from BioWare on a hard release date.
Anthem – February 2019:
New Freeplay Event: "Outlaw Outrage"
New Freeplay Event: "There Be Giants"
New Freeplay Event: Shaper Surge
Anthem Live Services – March 2019:
New Cosmetics: "Elysian Stronghold Caches"
Rewards: New Items
New Missions: Legendary Missions - Phase 1
New Freeplay Event: TBA (To Be Announced)
Freeplay Event: "There Be Giants"
Freeplay Event: "Outlaw Outrage"
Anthem Live Services – April 2019:
Expanded Progression: Mastery System
Rewards: New Items
Multiple Freeplay Events: TBA
Freeplay Event: Shaper Surge
New Missions: Legendary Missions – Phase 2
New Stronghold: "The Sunken"
Social Play: Weekly Stronghold Challenge
Social Play: Leaderboards
Social Play: Guilds
Anthem Live Services – May 2019:
Freeplay Events: TBA
New Missions: TBA
Rewards: New Items
Anthem fans have a lot to look forward to in the next couple of months. While post launch content has been a bit of a struggle for other shared world shooters, it seems BioWare is trying to get ahead of the issue by being clear with players on what gamers can expect.
The developer behind the next Dragon Age title, Bioware Edmonton posted some new jobs that seem to suggest multiplayer is coming to the sequel. The job title itself is "technical director", and it could be for the Dragon Age game that was teased during the 2018 Game Awards.
The job posting was initially reported by the entertainment news site, Gear Nuke, and it states that Bioware is looking for "the most senior engineering lead on the game team and a key member of the Dragon Age franchise leadership." The franchise technical director will "build and mentor the engineering team, build and execute the game technology plan, and define and direct the development process." They also need to have "experience developing multiplayer games."
Dragon Age Multiplayer Isn't All New
The previous title in the series Dragon Age: Inquisition, contained a multiplayer mode that did not tie back into the single player experience. In the game type, a group of players would move through a multi leveled dungeon as the difficulty of enemies increased at every tier, while higher level gear and powers were rewarded for conquering a floor. While Bioware could be expanding this mode for the next game, it's possible that the developer could be working on a brand new experience.
As of now, there isn't much information on the new Dragon Age due to Bioware's silence on the game. Although, it has been confirmed that the title has been in production for quite some time and that a core group of series veterans are working on the title, so fans can expect big things. We'll be sure to keep an eye out for all the latest details so be sure to keep checking back here at GigamaxGames.com!
Unfortunate news for anyone excited about the upcoming action RPG, Anthem. Gamers are going to have to wait an extra year for the ambitious title to come out. Anthem was initially slated to be released in 2018 but now the game that shares many qualities with Destiny will release in 2019. EA confirmed the delay in their quarterly earnings calls with investors. Although, BioWare is claiming that this move is not a delay.
Right before the call, EA spoke with the Wall Street Journal, confirming a recent report from Kotaku that claimed Anthem was delayed. While speaking with the Wall Street Journal, EA's CFO Blake Jorgensen said that this was not actually a delay, but when the game was supposed to come out all along, going on to state that people were "just trying to make a story." However, this story doesn't seem to be line up because the company had previously slated the game to release on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC in 2018.
EA did not go into further detail into why their latest IP is now expected to drop in 2019. The initial Kotaku report claims that it was due in part to issues with development. Their statement to Wall Street Journal seems to suggest that BioWare instead wants to wait for a less saturated period for their launch window. Their earnings report made no mention of the news either, so it seems they are sticking to their guns continuing to insist it was not a delay.
In other Anthem news the executive producer behind Dragon Age, Mark Darrah recently confirmed he had joined the project, maintaining his role as executive producer. BioWare has recently gone through a ton of restructuring after the critically frowned upon launch of Mass Effect: Andromeda. While there's not much hope we'll hear about an Anthem release date anytime soon, we'll be sure to deliver all the latest news surrounding the game so be sure to check back for more information.
E3 2017 has finally wrapped up but in its wake are plenty of huge games to be excited for in the coming months. Between Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, it's hard to decide which company had the best conference between these big 3 and we certainly can't forget Bethesda or EA. That's why we've decided to pick the biggest announcements and pile them into a convenient list. Don't forget to let us know your favorite E3 announcements in the comments below!
Xbox One X
Right off the bat, Microsoft wanted fans to know that they were going to make up for last year's lackluster performance. Announcing that the Xbox One X is more powerful than the PS4 Pro was a big move on the company's behalf and it paid off. They immediately followed this up with 44 games that were all impressive, indicating that software is going to be a huge focus for the new console and more importantly improving their sad list of exclusives. (RIP Scalebound)
Initially revealed during EA's press conference, Microsoft raised the hype to unprecedented levels by showing this beauty of a gameplay trailer. Exoskeletons, an environment that has its own ecosystem, loot, friends... THIS GAME IS GOING TO BE GREAT! Zip through the sky in your custom exoskeleton and show nature what missiles feel like or go on dungeon like instances with your party. We can't wait to play this game. Did we mention there's loot.
One of the biggest things stopping us from using mods in Skyrim and Fallout is that you lose the opportunity to gain trophies or achievements. Bethesda has officially announced their remedy to that situation and it is called creation club. Install mods without fear and earn all the satisfaction possible. The only downside to this is that these "certified" mods will cost you and they are not always cheap, bringing back a model that did not go well when implemented on PC.
Monster Hunter World
Sony surprised us all when it announced that the popular Monster Hunter series would be returning to Playstation consoles. Nintendo has long held a monopoly on these games and it's time for the big boys to get it back. A flashy trailer was shown off to make sure the crowd was excited and the later gameplay demos confirmed that this title will have us obsessed. Also there are no more loading screens in the hunting zones (YES!).
Super Mario Odyssey
We've long been Nintendo fan boys here at Gigamax so this Number 1 E3 2017 announcement may be a little biased. But did you see Mario become that T-Rex with his hat?! Super Mario Odyssey looks like an amazing next step for our overall wearing friend and we could not be more pleased with his new mind control powers. Nintendo is approaching the open world a little differently this time around by having Mario enter the real world and mingle with us in the big city. This is our favorite announcement from E3 and definitely are most anticipated title of this year!
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