Anthem promises matchmaking for all of its content

    
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Hooray, no shouting LFG for hours, that's enticing.

We don’t yet know all of the content that will be available for Anthem, as previews thus far have showed off open-world questing and the dungeon equivalent known as Strongholds. We know that something raid-like will be coming, albeit post-launch. But it’s also going to apparently be more accessible to do all of this than you might have thought, as lead producer Ben Irving tweeted that the game will indeed feature matchmaking for every activity in the game.

The amount of coordination required for those activities and the overall challenge involved in the same is obviously not yet known, but it does mean that it should be easier to explore the game without requiring a static group, an absence that has been noted in the game’s obvious inspiration. This should be good news for people who like getting people into content and bad news for anyone who assumes that being able to slowly herd cats into a group is indicative of skill.

Source: Twitter via Polygon
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Jack Pipsam

Hmm. If they do it like Forza Horizon 4, then it could be a problem later on if the match-making is split up to each dedicated mission/event instead of a broad scan across all of them.

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Neiloch Fyrestarter

thats my biggest problem with Warframe. I wish there was a way to matchmake based on enemy faction, for example, since people often just want to farm a special faction for drops. Something like queuing up for anything of ‘x mode’ ‘y level range’ and ‘z faction’ would be really nice.

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MrNastyButler

Cool, glad to see them adding in basic features. Not trying to sound down of the game. I just consider something like this to be a basic feature.

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Alex Willis

2006 is gonna be a GREAT year for this game

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MrNastyButler

Well played sir, well played.

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Mykal Quinn

Better than Destiny 2, which does not have matchmaking for most of its content.

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Neiloch Fyrestarter

Me too since matchmaking for all content isn’t a ‘given’ sadly.

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Indigo Salma

1 more month till the 15th.
Loved the Alpha , waiting for the demo this month.

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Venomlicious

I will just stick to Fallout 76 its has a real open world 4 times as big with more players and crafting. I was pretty bad on release but it has shaped up really well really quick. With content updates and some new pve raids on the way its going to be really fun this year.

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MrNastyButler

XD That’s a pretty good joke there.

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seculaparsec

Nice to hear Venom!

Good luck with the five other developers still playing it.

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Alex Willis

So mission-focused, 3rd person robot-suit, single-player with co-op lobby matchmaking, “closed” open worlds…

Too bad we don’t have any games like that right now!

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Neiloch Fyrestarter

So your point is someone is making a game like another game? I mean I can think of a few ‘like’ anthem but the combat was SOOOO much better than warframe for example. Plus no ‘farm till your dead or spend $20’ for new equipment.

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Armsbend

I gathered his point thusly: don’t brag about features that are old.

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Neiloch Fyrestarter

I didn’t see them bragging about it, really, other than mentioning them.

Although from what I have seen and this implication their matchmaking will be more robust and far reaching than either destiny 2 or warframe if it is indeed ‘every activity’

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Venomlicious

4 person server and narrow pathways to connect the world. It shouldn’t even be on a mmo site. Its a co-op game on rails that will be worse then destiny 2 is now. I’ll take a hard pass along with EA in the mix.

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Neiloch Fyrestarter

I’m getting a bit too excited for anthem especially after having some hands on time with it. It really does feel more like what I call an ‘arcade’ type game and this news just lends more to that idea.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

IDK how this thing is gonna have legs beyond how Destiny had legs which is to say that neither of those game did. I don’t have a single friend that played D1/2 that played it for longer than a month tops and most of them would play for 2 weeks and abandon it and come back for an expansion or maybe not.

I hope this does huge things for BioWare, because if this thing fails, I think that’s it for them after Andromeda. Andromeda was an unmitigated disaster. I’m not talking whether or not you liked it. It was a disaster.

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Dug From The Earth

This one feature alone could be what makes Anthem a bigger success on PC, than Destiny 2.

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Armsbend

Destiny 2 didn’t have matchmaking? I didn’t know any lobby shooter didn’t have matchmaking. I assumed they all did.

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Greaterdivinity

It does, but only for PvP and normal/heroic strikes. None of the planetary or other activities really have functional matchmaking, much less a proper LFG system. So things like uh…nightmares or whatever they called their harder strikes and raids have only had “mentor mode” or whatever it was called, which was supposedly a “beta” matchmaking for the mode that’s never really worked.

It’s been a total joke, and was a big reason I stopped playing. And the fact that they’ve done nothing to address this issue since launch, and IIRC barely even talked about it, makes it that much worse : /

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Armsbend

Maybe they were trying to be like wow. matchmaking for the little runs but forced grouping for the harder stuff. Not sure.

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Greaterdivinity

Even WoW dropped that with LFR content, though. Plus WoW still has a rather robust LFG system in-game for non-automated grouping activities, right?

But raids and even the nightfalls (that’s the name!) aren’t even terribly difficult. Hell, for a while after one of the DLC’s upped the level of heroic strikes those were far more difficult than nightfalls. Which did not escape the players attention and Bungie got a lot of flak for.

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Armsbend

WoW still had it for the hardest level 5 mans though. At least when I left *shrug*

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Greaterdivinity

Fair enough, I’m going off memory last I played years ago so I could probably be way off. If that’s the case then I retract that point!

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Greaterdivinity

Excellent, that’s already one-up they have on Destiny 2. Now please be good!

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Xijit

It is.

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Greaterdivinity

I’ll wait until a few weeks/a month after launch. Destiny 2 similarly looked incredible and it was only after the initial shine wore off and folks started really digging in the flaws became obvious.

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Xijit

I long ago abandoned the illusion of any game being some miracle title that I exclusively play for years.

I think it is / will be a good game, but it is still just a Video Game. I will probably plow through the main campaign in a weekend or two, before (casually) settling in to the end game gear grind for a month or so.

… Maybe 3 if I fall in with some friends to play with like I did with Titanfall 2.

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Greaterdivinity

Titanfall 2 continues to be one of the most criminally under-successful games in years. EA sent that out to fucking die sandwiched between Battlefield and CoD, and the game arguably has one of the best campaigns of any FPS game in a very, very long time.

Not to mention it just generally being a load of fun to play (if you’re into faster paced FPS games) and generally really good. Really looking forward to whatever the Star Wars and other project Respawn is working on, those dudes make good games.

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Armsbend

Activision sending Infinity Ward out to die was a war crime.

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BDJ

What does Anthem have to do with Activision?