Anthem just stealth-launched the massive Cataclysm update today

    
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It’s patch day for Anthem! What, you didn’t see that coming? Nobody else did either. BioWare just stealth-launched Anthem 1.30 Cataclysm today without any preamble, apart from the false starts and crystal event. Surprise?

As we’ve previously covered, Cataclysm adds the new Cataclysm story missions, alliance changes, the new Inversions system, the removal of Luck from the game, buffed weapons (especially melee), difficulty balancing, new gear, and the Cataclysm game mode itself.

“Battle Vara Brom and her forces in a dangerous new game mode that evolves over time. Teamwork is heavily encouraged as you battle against the dangerous environment and time itself, unlock secrets, and master the Cataclysm to earn all new rewards and rank up the leaderboard. The Cataclysm is available on the Start of Expedition screen for all players who have completed the “Incursion” mission.”

Source: Reddit, patch notes, official site. Cheers, Pasha.

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Tee Parsley

Funny thing….I picked Anthem up cheap about 6 weeks ago. Knew all the foibles, but the Suit Flight thing seemed interesting enough. Really liking it so far, despite having a crashing issue that kept me in Freeplay for weeks. The movement, animations, and scenery are great. I can still see some of the design issues and problems, but the good parts are still pretty good.

I guess not having overblown and hyped expectations kinda helped me out there.

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rafael12104

I’m still enjoying the game quite a bit. The flight and combat are that good.

But EA/Bioware is making it harder and harder to stick around.

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3dom

It’s like Skyforge 2.0: unfinished content on top of unfinished content. For example, loot boxes drop equipment for javelins you don’t use – thus making equipment farm even more pointless than before.

Those who like The Division gameplay will like this update: even trash mobs now take considerable effort to kill, like mini-boss damage sponges.

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rafael12104

Completely agree. Unfinished content on top of unfinished content. It is hard to understand the logic because there is no logic.

It’s a sad story getting sadder still.

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ejester

is it really a stealth launch if no one plays and no one cares?

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Anton Mochalin

I think EA really doesn’t want to draw attention to Anthem because they decided to let the game silently die (a good decision, if you ask me) while fullfilling some formal obligations so that no one could sue them. So yeah, this time it is really an “intentionally stealthy” launch.

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vgees

I haven’t played Anthem, but I would love to see Bioware stick with it and make this another great turn-around story. Because, well, I just like that sort of thing. So I hope that the small team they have working on it doesn’t lose heart! A few more good patches and price drops, and perhaps I’ll take a look. I know this isn’t the Bioware of old, but perhaps something great can spring from the ashes!

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Dug From The Earth

Stealth launching a huge update

Great communication there, Bioware!

Great way to show off just one of the many issues this game is dealing with.

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Bannex

Do not let them fool you. This isn’t a no man’s sky type thing.

The “stealth” level of communication by bioware is nothing new regarding this title. The anthem team has fumbled communication consistently throughout the game’s life. This game was DOA and the team is simply going through the motions to doctor up the previously announced (developed and cut from the game) content because this could be one of those rare class action occurrences in gaming if they don’t.

Anthem won’t be a thing this time next year but I bet bioware won’t shut up about it after it’s taken offline. It will somehow be our fault.

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Malcolm Swoboda

If they’re really in it for the long run, at least a couple more major updates should happen this year (~Oct, ~Dec?). Lets see.

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Blake

Probably the smartest thing they could do to be honest. No Mans Sky kind of did the same thing, buckled down and just went to work rather than engaging non-stop with the loud masses.

Hey, maybe this is step one towards delivering a game worth playing in the future. I gave it a real try and found it not at all what I wanted, but would be wiling to step back into their world later if they continue to just keep working/creating.

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Daniel Miller

Honestly I think the way bioware handled this is ok. I have been sick of youtubers complaining daily or weekly. We don’t get replies, we are clueless what is going on…

They delivered an update on their time and no distractions by the media. I hope more studies go back to this route.

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EmberStar

If you say so. They dropped it with no fanfare or notice. If I hadn’t seen the note here, I’d have no idea the game even got an update, since I don’t otherwise play EA games and don’t allow the Origin launcher to… well, launch unless I’m actually going to play Anthem. So speaking for myself, I would have had no reason to check in, and no idea there was any reason to.

To me, this doesn’t feel like a dev team “buckling down and getting the work done.” This feels like maybe three guys who haven’t been reallocated to a more profitable project yet, killing time on a project that’s barely being funded, never being mentioned and is functionally already dead. Sort of exactly like Andromeda, except Andromeda got another major patch or two (and much faster) before EA shrugged and put an axe blade through its skull.

The problem these days is that there are dozens of “live service” games, and *hundreds* of worthwhile things to play on Steam and via GoG. If a dev team wants to go radio silent, that’s their choice. But the audience has limited time and attention, and the influencers and gaming sites will shift their focus to whatever *will* drive traffic. Sad to say, but if it isn’t in Top Trending, it might as well not exist for a lot of people.

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Anton Mochalin

delivered an update on their time

“On their time”, are you serious?

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Greaterdivinity

I’m so glad their CM’s are still using personal channels to communicate…at least they RT’d this from the official account for once.

Salt aside, hope it’s a good update. The game could use a bit of good news and positivity.