Anthem’s Very Delayed Act Structure Is out and Seasonal Events Are In
After delaying the first act from April to August, BioWare is officially giving up on the act structure in Anthem’s service model with future updates. Anthem’s live service boss Chad Robertson explained the other two acts promised for Anthem will be replaced by seasonal events that release with content in smaller doses as he claims the acts required long-term planning. The move from the act structure to seasonal events is explained to be a step back to address the bigger problems with the game. Anthem is available now on PC, Xbox One and PS4.
Despite Cataclysm being promised as a main feature of Act 1 of Anthem, the content offered with the update will be finished after this week and going away. We aren’t sure whether the Cataclysm will return at around this time next year or if this is the last we’ll ever see of the Cataclysm so if you’re a gamer who enjoyed the new content, finish what you have to before it goes away next week. Apparently most gamers who still played during the Cataclysm considered it the best content in the game, so it’s puzzling that BioWare deems it necessary to remove the content. It’s safe to assume that after Chad Robertson’s announcement, the content promised with Act 2 and Act 3 will be re-purposed to work with their seasonal event system moving forward.
“We hear your concerns on core issues in Anthem and are acting on it. Those systems require a more thorough review and re-working versus quick fixes,” said Chad Robertson. “In order to address these long-range plans, we are moving away from the Act structure for updates. Instead, we have additional seasonal events planned for this year that we think players will enjoy.” Though it’s likely some gamers will enjoy the change to seasonal events, it’s fair to say many were enjoying the Cataclysm but now it’s being removed from the game without information on when or if it will return.
Are you an Anthem gamer that’s bummed out by BioWare ditching the Act structure for Anthem? Or do you think taking a step back to address the long-range plans will help the developers make the game better? Let us know in the comments below!