Anthem’s Cataclysm test server is now live for PC players

    
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The last chance.

We certainly don’t want to be overly dramatic in the way that we discuss Anthem’s long-delayed Cataclysm update, but it can be safely said that the title really could use a nice big well-received patch. It’s probably for that reason that the game is taking the heretofore unprecedented step of opening up a new test server today so players can try out the update in advance, getting a feel for everything coming in the new season-long event before other players. And it’s available to Origin Access Premier subscribers as well as anyone playing on PC.

You won’t have to worry about leveling or farming for items while you’re on the test server, fortunately; as soon as you log in you’ll be at level 30 with a full stock of items and all four Javelins already unlocked, ready to focus on the content added with the update. There’s no precise timeframe for testing, but of course the test server is prone to requiring maintenance, new patches, and data wipes. Check out the full rundown if you’re eager to see what’s happening in the game’s next big update before you jump in.

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3dom

Outside of the usual whiners who left the game in March and remember its past state – people are happy with the Cataclysm changes on PTS:

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Blaaznar

What a scam this game was… Shame on me for buying an EA game.

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Dug From The Earth

They REALLY just need to pull a FF14 with this game.

Shut it down for 6 months to a year. Completely revamp it. Rerelease it as “Athem Reawakened” or something like that, and give everyone who already bought the game a free copy of that game, plus some fluff perks.

That is the only way that this game is going to ever make much more money, because no one in their right mind is going to spend money on it at this point. A “patch” wont save this game at this point.

Did you see John Wicks car at the beginning of John Wick 2? Thats Anthem… and they are trying to pound out a few of the dings in the body and call it a job well done.

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Danny Smith

I see this everywhere “just ff14 it!” like EA has reason to do so. ARR happened because ‘the decade of lightning’ was ruinous to the brand and Square Enix’s CEO freaked out when a famitsu poll showed kids only knew of Final Fantasy as a brand from the Theatrythmn games on Nintendo DS. One of the core pillars of their catalogue was dying and with no 15 in the works the only cost effective attempt at salvaging the brand was rebooting 14. For EA thats FIFA dying off, not Anthem. Anthem is to EA what Infinite Undiscovery is Square Enix or Enchanted Arms is to Fromsoftware. Its a one off experiment in a new IP that came out the door dead on arrival.
EA doesn’t need to revamp Anthem. EA doesn’t need Anthem period. Bioware however is a different story and its not their say if it can’t be salvaged when it comes down to spending money and resources on it.

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Dug From The Earth

From EA’s own numbers, Anthem sold 2 million LESS than they wanted it to.

No reason to do it? There are a TON of gamers out there who havent bought Anthem yet, that wont buy Anthem unless something huge and drastic happens to it (in a positive way).

EA would love to have that other 2 million sales.

Lets look at it from a “live services” perspective. Live services rely on players taking part in micro transactions like armor skin sales. Something they arent doing now because… you guessed it, they arent even playing the game.

Getting players PLAYING the game would also increase the amount of money they would make through things like this.

Thats their WHOLE business model. Seems like a VERY good reason to do it to me.

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Mykal Quinn

The thing is it would be more cost effective to just shut it down than to spend more money revamping it. I highly doubt Anthem is ever going to get a revamp, and if it does, it’s going to be over a long and painful time.

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Greaterdivinity

but it can be safely said that the title really could use a nice big well-received patch.

Unfortunately based on what they’ve shown so far…this probably isn’t it. What they showed is a freakin blue filter with some minor wind in a zoned off instance, not the massive, exciting, world-changing storms/events that they showed off in trailers. It’ll be nice to get some new content, but this is dropping in JULY, so by the time it lands 5 months post-launch all the game will have received (unless they surprise us) is a single stronghold and this months-delayed event. And that’s to say nothing of the ongoing issues that remain unaddressed.

Hopefully having more testing will lead to a less troubled patch for once, they’ve had a rough go of things. It will be interesting to see how they engage with testers (if they even bother) and if this has any meaningful impact on the patch both in terms of the final quality and in terms of helping the team course correct if they’re missing the mark.

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Greaterdivinity

Lurking reddit, apparently there’s more to this patch than BW let on? Folks are talking about new freeplay events, a new enemy variant (same enemy, new weapons), a new area in Fort Tarsis and some more stuff…

WHY WOULDN’T BIOWARE TALK ABOUT THIS STUFF BEFOREHAND?! Because the patch is actually looking like it’s got a glimmer of hope if it’s beefier than they led folks to believe. Ugh, the decisionmaking process related to everything in this game, especially communication, continues to confuse and infuriate me.