BioWare has revealed Anthem‘s BioWare’s 90-day roadmap as the studio prepares to greatly expand the game’s content over the next few months.
“I look at today from two perspectives,” says Chad Robertson, BioWare’s head of live service, via a recent blog post. “As a gamer, I’m excited by what we’ve created with Anthem and the promise it carries for a long future behind the game’s lush world, immersive lore, rich characters, and core gameplay. As a developer, I know we’ve worked hard to strike a balance of engaging BioWare story combined with fun action-gameplay and multi-player progression; I also know how much more we want to bring to the game.”
According to this update, BioWare will spend much of the next couple of months expanding upon Anthem‘s initial content offerings. That includes new Freeplay events coming in February and new events, cosmetics, and missions set to arrive in March. In April, Anthem will enjoy a massive influx of content highlighted by an expanded progression system, new items, new events, a new stronghold, and new social play features.
However, it’s the May update that has us most intrigued. This is when something called the Cataclysm starts, which seems to be some kind of massive global event for the game. While it’s not clear what, exactly, this event includes, it seems that this will be the game’s first mini-expansion or perhaps even something more substantial. BioWare isn’t saying what’s beyond that, but they do tease two more acts coming sometime after May.
All of this sounds intriguing and about what you’d expect from a live service game from Anthem. However…well, it’s all about what you’d expect from Anthem. That’s been the problem with Anthem so far. It’s exactly what you’d expect but it comes from a studio that used to not only deliver high-quality RPG experiences but would even challenge itself once in a while with something a little more ambitious.
Whether or not Anthem will be able to overcome its rocky start similar to how Destiny eventually became a much more substantial experience may very well be revealed in the next few months as this first wave of content hits.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.