Anthem’s Playerbase Is Dropping, Making It Hard To Team Up

Anthem has been off to a rocky start from day one, and it has only gotten worse from there on out. Recently, Bioware announced that they are delaying all of the big planned content indefinitely until all the issues have been fixed.

But this now creates another problem – with no new exciting content to look forward to, players have no reason to stick around. The issue is getting so bad, that it is now hard to find other players to team up with and play. This makes it even worse if you are playing on higher difficulties, since you’ll often be alone for the mission, making things way harder and even less fun.

One can only hope that EA allows Bioware to keep working on Anthem and bring it up to the standards expected of modern Games as a Service.

So much for the “Bob Dylan of Video Games”.

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Anthem Delays Most Of Its Planned Content Indefinitely

Anyone who has been following Anthem since release will know how rocky the road has been for both the game and the development team at Bioware. Mediocre reviews and core issues with the game itself aside, the game and the studio have been dogged by stories of crunch culture, and a general lack of vision.

So it should come as no surprise that all of the content planned for Anthem has been delayed indefinitely, while the team works on fixing issues that have been hampering the player experience in the game.

Bioware just recently added the ability to change weapons and gear while in the field, ad also choose new mission after completing one, instead of having to go to the home base everytime.

Here’s the announcement from Bioware:

Hey Everyone,

It’s been 10 weeks since the early access release of Anthem. While we have been quiet publicly, we have been hard at work in the background and we wanted to provide an update on the state of the game.

The Past 10 Weeks

We have learned a lot since the game went live. We have heard a lot of feedback from all of you, and we have been working diligently to improve as many things as we can in the short term.

We’ve fixed a lot of bugs and made changes which we believe begin to point us in the right direction for the future. That being said, we know there is a long way to go before Anthem becomes the game we all want it to be. So where are we at today…

Game Update 1.1.0

Game Update 1.1.0 went live today and includes some new content and improvements to the game:

  • A new Stronghold called “The Sunken Cell”
  • Access to the Forge anywhere in the world
  • Ability to launch a new expedition from the end of expedition menu without loading into Fort Tarsis
  • Access to contracts without having to run around and pick them up

There are a bunch of additional fixes and improvements – the patch notes for Game Update 1.1.0 can be found here.

There is also a livestream later today where we will show you the Sunken Cell Stronghold and some of the other improvements in Game Update 1.1.0

Act 1 Calendar

While we have delivered many of the Act 1 features on time, we are not going to hit all the goals on our Act 1 Calendar.

We have been prioritizing things like bug fixes, stability and game flow over the new features of Act 1. We set aside time for this work, but the reality is there are more things to fix and improve than we planned for. While this is the best thing to do for the game, it means some items from the calendar will be delayed.

Features delayed:

  • Mastery System
  • Guilds
  • Legendary Missions – Phase II
  • Weekly Stronghold Challenge
  • Leaderboards
  • Some Freeplay Events
  • Cataclysm

We want to make sure everything we add to the game has a purpose and fits with our long term goals. When we have information to share on the items above, we will do so.

Cataclysm

The Cataclysm is an important addition to the game and it’s currently a big focus for the team. The Cataclysm will bring new challenges and rewards and pushes the story of Anthem forward. As our work continues, we will share more with you in May.

Loot

We have heard your concerns around end game loot. We agree that our loot and progression systems need to be improved and we are working towards this. When we have more information to share, we will.

Communication

A lesson we have learned is we have been talking about things too early. There are so many factors that can cause us to pivot on our plans – whether it’s bugs & stability issues, player feedback, or complications with a feature that require us to take more time to deliver it. Our goal is to tell you about new content and features once the work is closer to being done.

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).

Closing

We know you have been waiting for these updates, and that you might not be pleased with where we are today. We understand and respect these perspectives.

The only thing we can say is this – We Believe in Anthem. We believe the game will be great, but we recognize getting there will take a lot of hard work. We want to do that work and we want you all to join us on the journey to get there.

Thanks for taking the time to read this update.

Now we need to wait and see if they actually work and improve the game, or if they cut and run. Remember Mass Effect Andromeda?

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Five Things You Need To Know About Anthem

When BioWare’s next game Anthem, the game that lets you fly around in awesome mech suits, was announced, fans of the developer were perplexed. A studio that is widely known for their exquisite narrative driven single player games were developing an online multiplayer focused game in the same vein as Bungie’s Destiny franchise.

Here is what you ‘MUST’ know before you step into a javelin suit and fly around the world of Anthem.

  1. You get to fly around in Javelins

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Basically, rudimentary versions of Iron-Man’s armour. Each of these Javelins has their own playstyle and controls differently in both combat and traversal. The four Javelins that will be available in the game initially are:

The Colossus- Tank
The Ranger- Allrounder
The Interceptor- Stealth Assassin
The Storm- Mage

2. There’s a Story

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After the Gods mysteriously disappeared leaving behind their tools, which harnesses the Anthem a pure source of creation, humanity has struggled to survive the savaged and seemingly in-complete world, carving out their existence in Fort Tarsis, one of the last bastions of humanity. Now, an old foe has begun to rise once again as the Dominion has started to rise in the North. They want one thing and one thing only and that is to control the Anthem and use it to subjugate the rest of humanity.

As a Freelancer, one of those cool Javelin wearing dudes, you are tasked with protecting Fort Tarsis by venturing deep into the world and trying to stop the Dominion at any cost.

3. You can choose and customize your abilities and look

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Anthem will allow players to change the loadout of their respective Javelins to suit their specific playstyle. And while each Javelin does sort of have a pre-defined role (such as the Colossus being the tank) there is still a lot of flexibility in how you can set-up each Javelin’s abilities.

The players will be able to change the colour of their various Javelin armour pieces, add decals, and even change the specific material type that each armour piece is made of.

Anthem will separate cosmetics from gear meaning that you will be able to change the look of your Javelin without it affecting your perks or armour score. 

4. There’ll be a ‘LOT’ of killing

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As a Freelancer, you’ll be tasked with beating the living daylights out of various enemies and creatures. This means you’ll need access to an arsenal of weapons. Anthem will have all the weapons you’ve come to expect in games such as these, from heavy machine guns to hand pistols and even sniper rifles with most weapons having some sort of perk attached to them depending on their rarity.

5. There will be microtransactions (Boo!)

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Anthem is, after all things said and considered, an EA game. It lays in the shadows of a cursed land, or shall I rather say cursed publisher. As of yet, EA has said that the microtransactions will be cosmetic only, but EA is not a publisher that I can trust.

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New AMD drivers will offer more more FPS in AC: Odyssey, Improved support for Apex Legends, Division II

AMD rolled out new ‘Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.2.1 driver’ today. What seems to be a reply to Nvidia’s new RTX DLSS optimisation, the new AMD driver offers improved support and performance in several games.

EA’s new ‘Free to Play’ Battle Royale.

The new driver’s main focus is EA’s “PUBG/Fortnite killer” Apex Legends, which is a ‘free-to-play’ battle royale developed by the same studio that developed Titanfall.
The patch notes report that AMD has improved support for this new game.

Another title getting ‘more support’ is Tom Clancy’s: The Division II which is being bundled as a free game on purchase of any eligible GPU or CPU from AMD.
Moreover, as a fairly interesting improvement, AMD claims a 5 percent more FPS in AC: Odyssey on Vega 64.

5 percent more performance on Assassin’s Creed title on RX Vega 64.

The update has also improved compatibility with Battlefield V and fixed several bugs that Anthem players were reportedly facing. Other than this, there are numerous minor bugs that were smashed. Find the complete patch notes here.

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EA has filed a New Trademark for Jade Empire

EA has filed a new trademark for Jade Empire on 22nd January 2019. While not much it can mean a couple of things so let’s start speculating what they could be.

Before we start though lets talk about Jade Empire itself. Before there was Mass Effect, before Dragon Age came this gem. A game inspired by Chinese Mythology and Martial Arts that had the “trademark” BioWare world building and story telling. They decided to not work on the sequel for Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic but instead chose to work on Jade Empire.

While the game was received well and was even ported to PC after a lot of requests from PC fans, the game never got a sequel something that almost all major BioWare games have received.

The boring and the most probable reason behind the filing of this new trademark is EA continuing to maintain rights to the intellectual property. However, there could be more to it.

The original release of the game was in 2005 for the original Xbox and the PC release came in 2007. It’s been more than a decade since then and maybe EA wants to push out a remaster of this game. An HD remaster for the Xbox One or maybe even a complete new remaster although highly unlikely could happen.

A sequel could also be on the books as BioWare have been known to work projects in parallel so maybe after Anthem launches, a team could start working on pre-production for the next Jade Empire title. We know they are working on a new Dragon Age title so maybe after that it’s time for Jade Empire to make a return since Mass Effect won’t be back any time soon.

Anthem looks interesting and even though it is being developed by BioWare, it is quite different from their previous story-driven RPG titles. After Mass Effect Andromeda, the next story-driven RPG is going to be the Dragon Age game and if that fares well, we could very well see a Jade Empire series.

BioWare haven’t had the best track record lately and with both Gregory Zeschuk and Ray Muzyka retired, both who were the main force behind Jade Empire it might not happen. Maybe working on something that hasn’t been in the limelight and having an IP that could be soft-rebooted might help bring back the charm of the old days or maybe even move it forward in a good direction.

I would like to remind you that this is all speculation based on a new trademark being filed and could very well be nothing but a new Jade Empire game would be pretty cool.

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Anthem Won’t Have Lootboxes or Pay-To-Win

Anthem will not have lootboxes according to the Lead Producer Michael Gamble in his tweets which has put fans at ease.

He stated that lootboxes didn’t have any place in the game and will instead only have cosmetic microtransactions for those who want to partake in that.

He also went on to say that while in the demo cosmetics cost 25 Coin, that won’t be the case in the main game as they will be cheaper and they’ll also give you some Coin to spend on cosmetic items.

From his tweets, he’s making it pretty clear that Anthem won’t have any Pay-to-win microtransactions or RNG based lootboxes where you gamble away your money in hopes of getting something good. Nor does it seem like they’ll be forcing you to pay for items that you may want as it seems like the premium currency “Coin” will also be obtainable in game and will only be used for cosmetic items.

A lot of people who were interesting in the game were concerned about this but this brings a little bit of peace to mind especially since there’s been a lot of positive feedback about the game.

After what went down with Mass Effect: Andromeda, BioWare really needs to make this work. The game is highly focused on the co-op aspect but we really hope they don’t skip out on the story and characters in the world because that’s what made people fall in love with BioWare games in the first place.

Anthem’s demo will be available from 25th-27th January for folks who have pre-ordered the game on all platforms. The open demo will take place from 1st-3rd February for all platforms and will be available for everyone to try regardless of if you have the game or not.

Anthem releases on 22nd February with Early Access for Access members on 15th February.

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Anthem ‘Lost Arcanist’ Mission Gameplay

IGN has posted 15 minutes of Anthem gameplay footage showcasing the “Lost Arcanist” mission from start to finish with a three-person team made up of the Interceptor, Storm, and Colossus javelins.

Anthem is due out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on February 22, 2019.

Watch the video below (MP4 version available here).

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Anthem CES 2019 Trailer

Electronic Arts debuted a new trailer for Anthem at Consumer Electronics Show 2019.

The 4K resolution trailer features never-before seen Javelin, enemies, and environments.

Nvidia also announced that the PC version of Anthem will support Deep Learning Super-Sampling (DLSS).

Anthem is due out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on February 22, 2019.

Watch the trailer below.

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The Game Awards 2018: All Announcements And Reveals

The Game Awards 2018 is finally over and it brought quite a few surprises with it. Let’s recap the event and take a look at what went down this year at The Game Awards 2018.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: Black Order

A Switch exclusive title and sequel to Ultimate Alliance 2, this one as our heroes face off against the Black Order and a few other villains. Thanos with the full Infinity Gauntlet was shown at the end so maybe that’s either the final boss or will be the boss in the next game, who knows.

Far Cry New Dawn Revealed; Coming February 15th

New Dawn is the standalone sequel to one of Far Cry 5’s ending. Montana is a mess and power is all that matters. The game looks interesting and could be quite a fun game given it’s setting and the few weapons that we saw.

Supergiant’s New Game Hades Is In Early Access Now [GamingMonk Recommends]

A return to what they do best, Hades has you play as the son of Hades in their upcoming dungeon crawler. Death is common so prepare to walk out of the River Styx every time you keep dying.  The game is currently in early access and is available on the Epic Games Store. We’re super excited about this one.

Anthem’s Story Trailer was Shown

We got a trailer that focused on the story and the world of Anthem. It looks interesting but given Bioware’s last showing with Mass Effect Andromeda, we’re being cautious about this game.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Revealed

Crash Bandicoot Racing is coming to the PlayStation so if you were a fan of the older titles, this will certainly pique your interest. Or if you want a Kart Racer on your PlayStation 4.

The Outer Worlds Obisidian’s New Game was Shown [GamingMonk Recommends]

From the makers of the best Fallout Games comes this awesome looking RPG that looks zany and fun. After watching the gameplay video, We’re quite excited for this title

The Last Campfire a Hello Games Short [GamingMonk Recommends]

Two devs from Hello Games worked on this “Hello Games Short” which looks very promising. Seems to go for the interactive story route like Journey and Ori. We recommend you keep an eye out for this title even though Hello Games’ launch of No Man’s Sky wasn’t great.

Vikendi Winter Map in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

The winter map that was leaked ages ago is now available on the PUBG PC experimental server for players to check out. It launches on December 19th for everyone.

 Atlas Announced by Studio Wildcard; Releases December 13th on Steam

From the makers of Ark Evolved, comes Atlas. A game about pirates and dragons in a map that is 12,000 times the size of an ARK server. It will release next year for the Xbox One.

Ashen Is Out Now [GamingMonk Recommends]

This game is finally out on December 7th and we can wait to get our hands on it. We really recommend you check this game out. It’s also part of the Xbox Game Pass.

BioWare Teases Dragon Age 4

BioWare has teased the world with what is going to be Dragon Age 4. So, at least we now know it is happening.

A New Stranger Things Game Is Coming Soon

According to the creators of the show, the game follows the story of Season 3 and will have a few surprises of its own. The game will support co-op and will release on the Xbox One, PC and Switch.

Mortal Kombat 11 Announced; Releases April 23

Another Mortal Kombat game, Another CG Trailer set to some Hip-Hop. Watch Scorpion take on Raiden in what is a brutal fight that perfectly showcases the Brutality of the games.

Super Smash Bros. Will Have Joker from Persona 5 as DLC

So when this happened I kinda lost my mind until it was just a trailer to say Joker is in Smash. We’ve gotten Joker now and Reggie said that Smash Bros. Ultimate is the biggest crossover yet with everyone’s favourite characters but I have just one question. Waluigi When Reggie?

The Pathless Revealed [GamingMonk Recommends]

From the makers of Abzu comes this upcoming title. With hauntingly beautiful visuals and another mysterious world to explore, Giant Squid has gotten our attention.

Rocket League Gets McLaren 570S Car Pack DLC

Just a small trailer to showcase the fact that you can now drive the McLaren 570s in Rocket League and use it to dominate people.

Rage 2 Trailer Shown, Releases on May 14th [GamingMonk Recommends]

This game is going to be a bat-shit crazy fun if it’s anything like the trailer and if it can live up to the hype of the trailers, this game will be a lot of fun to play. Mad Max mixed with what seems like DOOM shooting and superpowers and abilities. Hell yeah, we’re excited for these.

Journey Coming to PC, Available on The Epic Games Store [GamingMonk Recommends]

A very unique title where your guide is also another player with whom you have no actual vocal or textual communication. It’s such an inspiring experience where you feel connected with someone who you don’t know at all. If you haven’t had the chance to play it, you should absolutely go ahead and play this title.

Psychonauts 2 Trailer [GamingMonk Recommends]

We got a Psychonauts 2 trailer and the hype is real. Psychonauts 1 was such a fun game with great characters, writing and gameplay and we really hope this can live up to the hype of that one. Plus, Psychonauts 2 has James Willems of Funhaus playing a Toilet which is going to be awesome and we can’t wait to witness that.

Sayonara Wild Hearts[GamingMonk Recommends]

“A Pop Album Video Game”. That’s how the game describes itself. It’s vibrant, it’s got a lot of dancing and it is hard to describe honestly. We really suggest you check out the trailer and then read the video description to get the gist of the game.

Devil May Cry 5 Trailer Shown; Xbox One Demo Out Now [GamingMonk Recommends]

A trailer that showcases each characters’ powers and moves and gives us some insight into what is happening the DMC world. If you’ve got an Xbox One, you should download the demo because it is time to kick some ass.

Scavengers

We were expecting the Avengers but instead, we got Scavengers. in a future where the world is cover in ice after a cataclysmic event, players must work together to ensure the survival of the human race by facing off against hostile inhabitants and opposing players.

Dauntless Announced for Consoles

Dauntless was announced for consoles and is currently available for PC players for free on the Epic Games Store. Dauntless is a co-op Action RPG title where you hunt Behemoths to improve your character’s skills and gear.

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Tokyo Game Show 2018 – The Best and The Biggest

Tokyo Game Show 2018 came to an end yesterday, and you know what that means. We have some awesome new announcements to distract us from the sad realities of real life. From PlayStation Classic (cause God knows we needed one) to another mind-boggling Death Stranding trailer, things sure do look promising. To save you the effort, we sat down and picked out the best and the biggest news TGS, which you can check out, right now. Here are our top announcements from the show.

1. Death Stranding

Is it just us or the game keeps getting more and more mysterious with each trailer?

Is it just us or the game keeps getting more and more mysterious with each trailer? #TGS2018 #DeathStranding

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Is it just me or does Death Stranding keep getting more and more mysterious with each trailer? It seems like Hideo Kojima is hell-bent on making the fans go crazy with wild theories about the game. The latest trailer introduces a golden masked villain (not to be confused by Golden Face from Threat Level Midnight) and a humongous monster that, get this, springs to live from the golden mask. The highlight is that the character is voiced by Troy Baker, who, for those living under a rock, was the voice for Sam Drake in Uncharted 4. That’s another huge name added to the game’s already star-studded cast, alongside Mads Mikkelsen, Guillermo Del Toro and Norman Reedus. With such a high-profile cast, expectations for this game are surely riding high.

2. Devil May Cry 5

Check Out This New DMC 5 Trailer From TGS 2018

Check Out This New DMC 5 Trailer From TGS 2018 :)Read More Here – https://bit.ly/2zrjTsT

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We were promised some Dante action at TGS, and boy did Capcom deliver on that front. The previous teaser had the fans itching for more, and the new trailer does all that and more. Not only do we see the infamous Dante hacking, slashing and shooting his way through the enemies, we also get a better look at some of the back story, along with a new playable character, V. Though there’s no gameplay footage for him yet, gotta admit, he looks kinda badass. Well, of course not as badass as Dante, but still.

3. Resident Evil 2

Can't wait to scream and crap our pants out!

Can't wait to scream and crap our pants out! 😛

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Another gem of a trailer, courtesy of Capcom. We get a good look at Ada, who’s back with a slightly more different look, wearing sunglasses in the dark. Well, not dark but not bright either. Anyway, the game seems to be shaping up well, checking all the tick marks. Shooting zombies in the face? Check. Getting mauled by a zombie dog? Check. Making players crap their pants? Check.

4. PlayStation Classic

If you thought Nintendo was the only company cashing in on the good old days, think again. This year Sony announced the return of the PS1, or rather, a mini version that comes with 20 pre-loaded games. What these games are, however, remains a mystery, akin to the very nature of the game Death Stranding. Apart from that, it’s a fairly standard deal. It plugs in using the HDMI, you CANNOT use your old PS1 discs and you get two replica controllers. However, when Sony was once asked about backwards compatibility last year, they didn’t really have a lot of good stuff to say about it. And now, there’s a special console dedicated to old games.

5. Judge Eyes (Project Judge)

Coming from the makers of Yakuza, Project Judge takes place in modern day Tokyo, following a serial murder case. It is set in the same universe as Yakuza, but sadly, will not feature any characters from the latter. The studio says that even though the location and assets might be the same, the story and gameplay will be drastically different. But don’t worry, you’ll still get to see some crazy over-the-top action, as evidenced by the trailer. The game as of now is scheduled for a 2019 release.

6. PlayStation Vita (the demise of it, really)

Let’s take a moment of silence for the console that, at least in my opinion, can be considered as the middle child of the console world. And now, Sony is finally taking it off the life support. The company announced at TGS that they will cease production of the PS Vita in 2019. It was promising, with a sleek design and powerful specs, but sadly did not receive the attention it deserved.  With a mediocre line-up of games, it soon turned into an often ignored device that people would boot up for older PSP, PS1 and PS2 titles. And soon, it will be lost to the sands of time.

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