After an preliminary launch that failed to satisfy fan expectations, Anthem noticed a fast drop-off in its participant base, and failed to rework into the long-tail dwelling recreation that its creators had clearly hoped to craft. But BioWare has additionally extra lately articulated its targets to dramatically rework the sport to higher seize its potential.
The developer has remained fairly quiet on that work, however immediately provided a comparatively strong examination of one of many recreation’s greatest hassle spots – loot and gear. In an in depth weblog submit from BioWare, studio director Christian Dailey defined among the adjustments that the staff is exploring.
Amid a number of vital changes, BioWare is rising the frequency of loot and aiming to make these drops be extra significant and viable once they arrive. More of the loot you accumulate can have deterministic routes to pick-up, slightly than being totally random. And loot can have a lot elevated choices for modification, together with the rerolling of inscriptions and the leveling up of things you want.
Anthem additionally beforehand struggled with a loot system that oddly locked your gear throughout missions, and prevented straightforward switching. It sounds as if that’s going away, with the power to seek out new gear and put it on instantly. That change goes together with a complete overhaul of the gear sheet, which might now be accessed from anyplace.
Beyond these and different adjustments to loot, Dailey additionally defined that gunplay is being reworked to be extra responsive, melee gadgets and builds are getting an in depth inspection, and the usage of ability factors to unlock new gear and synergies can be a significant focus.
Anthem provided some enjoyable flight and fight experiences in its preliminary incarnation, and featured a beautiful world with a rewarding and fascinating fiction. But most gamers discovered the expertise shallow and missing in long-term engagement alternatives. Here’s hoping the lengthy rework cycle that BioWare is trying bears fruit, and the sport emerges as a worthwhile journey to rediscover.