Anthem begins testing Cataclysm changes, but players aren’t satisfied

    
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Amid fierce criticism from the Anthem playerbase and EA’s attempt to cast a few crowd control spells to calm the furor, BioWare has begun to test the next patch for this multiplayer shooter. This isn’t a chunky content update but rather adjustments and fixes primarily to the game’s fairly new Cataclysm event.

Players jumping on to the test server will find a visually improved experience, with better cinematics and visual effects, especially with the Vara boss fight. There’s also a new limited version of the seasonal store open to sell weapons for Cataclysm currency.

Much of the patch seems in reaction to recent player feedback, so heading over to the notoriously salty reddit, it’s curious to see how it’s being received. Some are still upset that BioWare isn’t communicating better, while others aren’t satisfied with anything short of a massive game overhaul.

“Nothing screams to me ‘This is what Anthem needs!’ when I play the PTS,” one poster said. “Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun, but it gets old very quick compared to other games that release new content.”

Source: Patch notes

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3dom

Those “the core is flawed” posts about Anthem are a pile of bullcrap unless you think the trash hoarding and inventory management are a core gameplay. I got maxed legendary set in 50 hours after getting level 30 – which is perfectly reasonable.

These are probably the same people who lowered Monster Hunter: World + Mortal Kombat 11 user reviews ratings on Steam to 50% during their first month after release.

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rafael12104

The problem is… that you can’t expect new content to bail the game out while the game, at is core, is still flawed.

For Yoda’s sake! The random rng for end game loot is still the dominant problem!!! I’m literally running out of words to explain and complain about this…

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Danny Smith

So Melee damage on all Javs has been nerfed to the ground from AnthemTheGame

Boy they just keep on keeping on with this trainwreck with no breaks.

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rafael12104

Hmm. Not trying to be argumentative because I don’t even follow reddit Anthem anymore.

But my Interceptor which as you probably know is a heavy melee class doesn’t seem to suffer from a nerf. I was on yesterday and although my gear score is in the 700s I was able to run GM2 and GM3 with no appreciable difference.

However, I should also point out that from time to time bugs are introduced into components. Just recently an incorrect component inscription knocked my gear score by almost 100. Oh, I felt that immediately.

I’m not playing on the PTS so I can’t vouch for any nerfs there, however. But it is the PTS and exactly where I would expect such issues to be caught and fixed.

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Dug From The Earth

Time to test Red and Green filter, since players werent happy with Blue?

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Darthbawl

Not shocked one bit that the player base is not happy. It’s been amazingly obvious that the devs are not listening to the players. And have not since the game launched, at least from what I have read/watched.

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Dug From The Earth

Yeah, Bioware is still suffering from “We know best” syndrome.

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Greaterdivinity

Well, I guess their CM’s had to be told that RTing/copying updates from CM/dev’s personal accounts on the official channels because…they never thought of it before. I’m still not quite sure what their CM’s do or why they’re still…there, because they’re still doing largely nothing to actually manage the community.

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Ironwu

Do a FFXIV on this game. Shut it down, spend a year reworking it to match the bull-shots they put out. And to match the bull-hype they put out.

Otherwise, might as well can it permanently, sooner the better.

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rafael12104

I would be in favor of exactly that. The game as an initial product offering is not complete and needs about a year’s worth of work.

The loot issues must be inherent to the code because they are still not resolved.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Or I’d put it as: do gradual updates through 2019 that secure most of the original roadmap, do whatever updates in 2020 to help development understandings of the remake, then 2021 latest to relaunch on next gen and offer it free to previous owners of certain date.

Its not good to just ‘shut it down’ and hurt those who bought the game and generally enjoy it. Yes, they exist, even if the gameplay doesn’t offer much reason to stick in for consistent weeks/months.

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Ironwu

I fear that by the time they fully do that there will not be enough people left interested in Anthem to actually keep it going. FFXIV proved you can successfully accomplish this sort of redo, but it takes guts and commitment to the game by the company. I see exactly the opposite here; virtual abandonment of the game by the company. Except for bull-speak.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Yeah. Doesn’t matter what they say though, it’ll all likely reflect in DA4 sales.

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Neurotic

I for one thought Cataclysm was one of the better expansions. Oh, wait, different game…

*ba-dumm tsh!*