I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Anthem looks like a great 20-hour game, but it has an uphill battle on its hands if it wants to convince me to spend more time than that within its world. With the amount of hype, resources and development invested within Anthem, Bioware and EA need to make certain that this Big Mech with Cheese combo special is satisfying enough to keep players around not just for days, but months.
To do just that, Bioware’s plane involves three “acts” of content for its endgame, as the studio finally provided a roadmap of sorts for the year ahead. While the curtain is still closed on Acts Deux and Trois, Act Uno was given more detail. Within that Act, three major updates will be made available and each will focus on a specific aspect of Anthem.
Update one will focus on “Evolving the world” of Anthem, presumably injecting some life into the otherwise stale freeplay environments, while the “Stronger Together” update will add more social features to the mix. It’s the third update that sounds fascinating: Cataclysm. Taking inspiration from Fortnite’s seasonal narrative, Cataclysms are time-limited events that require plenty of teamwork and skill to successfully navigate.
“They’re designed to be more seasonal,” executive producer Mark Darrah said to GamesRadar of the event.
The goal of something like a Cataclysm is that it should be impossible for you to fully explore in that first week. We probably won’t overlap actual Cataclysms, just because of their nature. I think it’s important to have sort of the world return to sort of a normal state between them, but I think yeah, you’ll have holiday events, new strongholds coming out.
Between the updates, players can also expect smaller tweaks that’ll open up new events, quality of life improvements and various rewards for their time spent in Anthem. I’ve still got some excitement left in me for Bioware’s Iron Man simulator, which has the potential to be something special in the months to come as these Acts shape the world around it. Whether Anthem has enough longevity to keep fans around to see these changes, is another question entirely. Especially in light of that other game that just launched for free, which rhymes with Latex Hedge Funds.
Last Updated: February 7, 2019