Some people have wondered how Anthem‘s storyline would continue and when we would actually see an update to it. The long answer is complicated, but the short answer is “Today!” BioWare added to the player’s critical path with the addition of the Sunken Cell stronghold in today’s patch. Of course, strongholds are usually very light on the storytelling aspects of the game, but it cannot be accessed unless you have completed the main story.
Additionally, this update limits the number of times players have to actively return to Fort Tarsis. Many of the quests and features only available by returning to Fort Tarsis or the Launch Bay have been moved to the main UI as well. This includes selecting contracts and missions from the expedition screens and access to the Forge during missions, strongholds, and freeplay. For those not in the know: This means that players can make changes to their Javelin in the field, a much-requested item from fans.
The complete patch notes outline the rest of the fixes to the game. But look for some significant changes to weaponry and gameplay. There are three new Universal Masterwork components. Extended Sniper Magazines increase the damage by 30% and add a large amount of ammo. Rapid Hallow Points also increase damage by 30% but also increase the weakpoint damage of machine pistols and autocannons. Also, look for the 30% damage increase with the Extended Special Arms Magazine, which also increases the size of the magazines of heavy pistols and grenade launchers.
All the patch 1.1.0 fixes and gameplay additions are live on Anthem servers now. And if you’re looking for reasons to give Anthem another shot, check out the piece by our Not So Massively columnist Tyler Edwards. He gives us a few reasons to still love the game.