Today’s your lucky day if you’ve been waiting for more content to come to Anthem.
Cataclysm was planned to be Anthem’s first major post-launch update after the game originally released in February of this year. After the criticism that Anthem was met with at launch though, BioWare ended up pushing back the expansion indefinitely in order to fix other aspects of the game. Now, some 3 months it was originally supposed to launch, Cataclysm has essentially dropped out of nowhere today.
As part of Anthem’s update 1.3.0, Cataclysm has arrived, marking it the first time that new story content has come to Anthem since launch. Cataclysm will be open to players who have completed the Incursion mission of the game’s main story. Cataclysm itself seems to be a new run-based mode that is all about maximizing your score.
Here’s a description of Cataclysm according to the patch notes:
Cataclysm – Battle Vara Brom and her forces in a dangerous new game mode that evolves over time. Teamwork is heavily encouraged as you battle against the dangerous environment and time itself, unlock secrets, and master the Cataclysm to earn all new rewards and rank up the leaderboard. The Cataclysm is available on the Start of Expedition screen for all players who have completed the “Incursion” mission.
- Inversions – Sets of gameplay modifiers that impact how you face the challenges of the Cataclysm
- Leaderboards – Finishing content in the Cataclysm mode adds to your score. Your score is updated to the leaderboard at the end of your run
- Seasonal Currency – Complete challenges and content to earn Minor and Major Crystals. Spend that currency on the rewards in the Seasonal Store.
- Seasonal Store – A new store that features time-limited rewards for purchase with the seasonal currency.
In addition, BioWare has also added a new guild system to Anthem as well. This includes new functions that can now be operated in an app. There’s also a new system known as Inversions that has been added to the game along with a slew of additional changes and big fixes.
The big question though for Cataclysm: will this bring players back to Anthem in droves? Well, for the time being, we can’t say. Personally speaking, I think this update has come out far too later after the game’s initial launch to reinvigorate interest from those who own the game, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Anthem is out now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC right now. Cataclysm is entirely free if you already own the title.