Shortly after the announcement of update 1.1.0, the Anthem devs took to Reddit again to deliver some grimmer news about the game’s new content pipeline. Many features promised in the Act 1 calendar have been delayed while the team prioritises “bug fixes, stability, and game flow”. These delays are indefinite. On the plus side, it’s getting a ‘Player Feedback Environment’ on PC.
The features affected include player guilds and leaderboards, as well as the mysterious Cataclysm event – the first content that might actually represent a new game mode (the repetitiveness of Anthem’s existing content was one of my main criticisms in our review).
New freeplay events, a weekly Stronghold Challenge, phase II of the Legendary Missions, and a Mastery System are also delayed until further notice: developer Bioware says “when we have information to share on the items above, we will do so.”
The Player Feedback Environment (PFE) is mentioned in a point about communication. Bioware says it has been “talking about things too early” when there are so many factors that might cause a delay, so expect future updates to occur closer to release.
“At the same time, we want to provide more ways to get your feedback and for you to tell us what you think is fun (or not fun). To facilitate this we plan to introduce a Player Feedback Environment (PFE), an opportunity to get your feedback before we go live with major features (in the short term for PC only).” There’s no further word on how this will work, but it sounds an awful lot like a test server. You can check out the announcement in full on Reddit.
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The Anthem 1.1.0 update went live yesterday and adds a new Stronghold, while cutting some of the puff that made navigating the game such a chore. You can now access both contracts and the Forge from anywhere in the world, and launch expeditions without returning to Fort Tarsis. While that’s positive, the lack of any changes to endgame loot left many players wanting more – Bioware simply says it has “heard your concerns” and is “working towards” improvements.