Anthem’s patch 1.40 brings freeplay changes, returned loot, and a hint toward Cataclysm’s ending

    
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Throughout the Cataclysm event, Anthem has continued to roll out a slow but steady trickle of new loot, arenas, and story missions, but today’s patch brought something a bit more dramatic.

After a tweet from BioWare hinted at something new within the Emerald Abyss region of freeplay, players discovered the Sanctuary of Dunar landmark in ruins, towered over by an ominous machine of Shaper origin. A nearby interactable plays a cutscene that appears to connect events in the Abyss to the ongoing Cataclysm. Players are now speculating this is a hint toward the upcoming ending of the event.

Alongside the freeplay changes, today’s 1.40 patch also brings numerous bug fixes and quality of life changes, as well as a return of all Cataclysm loot from previous weeks. Those who missed out on the skins, cosmetics, and war chests from earlier in the event or are still looking for that perfectly rolled Jarra’s Wrath can now head to the seasonal store for a second chance at all of Cataclysm’s goodies.

I previously covered Anthem‘s Cataclysm in our Not So Massively column, finding it a pretty good ride, though I remain concerned about its temporary nature: “But even if it’s not perfect and definitely not a game-changer, Cataclysm has been a pretty fun ride for me. If Anthem continues to add content of this quality, I’ll be happy.”

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Mark

I still hate that a game with already limited content chooses to run primarily limited time events. How about adding some permanent game modes instead?

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Koshelkin

Cataclysm was pretty great. Here’s hoping for a continued growth of Anthem.

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Tee Parsley

The Cataclysm run is too ‘Simon Sez’ for me. Have only completed it once, thanks to a kind team leader. Still enjoy the game, though I came in just a month or two ago. The look, animation, lore, etc, are just great. Too bad they stumbled hard at launch.

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3dom

16Gb patch. The most notable content: storage space increase from 250 to 350 slots. And a single cutscene in freeplay.

Apparently there is a ton of hidden content. Speculation: it’s a new area on freeplay map after Cataclysm.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Fans can cross fingers that while Cataclysm’s name suggested the disaster of a launch, maybe Cataclysm’s end will suggest the end of the worst.

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David Blair

Leading into “Anthem: Mists of Pandaria”…

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Malcolm Swoboda

MoP was both a joke of pandaland and one of the better received expansions at the end of things (and evidence has it as stopping the Cat decline of subs) so they could do worse.

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Koshelkin

Mists of Pandaria was a great expansion, probably the best besides Legion.

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sirradoria

But will always be a joke

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Nathan Aldana

Only because some people mistake “whimsical and unafraid to be colorful and fun” for “kiddie game not for big manly adult like me who like beer and fuckin women like the big manly man I am definitely”

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Ben Stone

The actual story of Pandaria was super dark. Probably more so than any other expansion.

People just hate pandas apparently, explains why they are so endangered.

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sirradoria

They’re not endangered anymore :)

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sirradoria

I will not deny that it was a major expansion. But Pandaria will always be based on an April Fool’s joke, clouded by mists.