There’s an update on BioWare’s Anthem, and people might not know whether to consider it good or bad. Basically, the studio is changing how it will update the game with new content. The good news is, it claims it will go with seasonal updates. The bad news is, it will abandon the heftier Acts that were announced back in February 2019.
The Anthem update from Head of Live Service Chad Robertson was designed to act as a way to go over what BioWare learned from its third update in what was supposed to be its first major Act, The Cataclysm, and explain how feedback would shape the game’s future. But, it also noted that for its long-range plans about making Anthem better. That means more transparency about what’s being done. (Previously, official updates were few and far between.)
It also suggests that these seasonal updates could be more frequent than the previously promised Acts, as Robertson’s update mentioned multiple ones would be released in 2019. However, this update didn’t include any examples of what these could involves, aside from mentioning challenges and chases.
Previously, Anthem Acts were mentioned like they would be huge add-ons that would help change how the game worked. The first one, Echoes of Reality, was supposed to start in March 2019 and involve three updates that would add a stronghold, missions, more events and rewards, a new progression system, and guilds and leaderboards. While some of these things were delivered on, like the Cataclysm, things took longer than expected and delayed in favor of bug fixes. We might never know what Act 2 and 3 would have entailed.
In the meantime, let’s hope for more Anthem public test server updates that show progress and additions.