Bioware Outlines Changes To Anthem Loot System

When designing a video game, it’s nearly impossible to get everything perfect during development. There’s always going to be something that gets mucked up or what not when the game launches. The goal though (especially before the days of patches) was to make sure you didn’t ship anything with a game-breaking error. Or something that would ruin the title. With Anthem, there are a lot of problems with it according to critics and gamers, but the biggest issue is that of the Loot System.

It’s complicated, it’s confusing, and just about everyone hates it. And Bioware has heard your complaints, and is starting to fix it. On Reddit, they acknowledged what you have been saying about it:

First off, thank you for all the feedback around loot drops, this is what we have heard:

  • Many inscriptions are not useful to the item they are attached to

  • Due to this, players need to get many masterworks of the same item to find a “good one”

  • Players want the frequency of masterwork drops to increase to help with the above OR…

  • They want us to change how masterwork inscriptions work so that they are more “useful”


As for the changes they’re going to make, here they are:

This is our plan for changes to go live on February 28th or March 1st (central US time)

  • Inscriptions are now better for the items they are on

    • This applies to new items earned in Anthem (not existing ones in your Vault)

    • If an inscription applies only to the item it is on (gear icon), it will be useful to that item. Otherwise the inscription will provide a Javelin wide benefit

    • For example, an Assault Rifle will not have an item specific +pistol damage inscription. It may have a +electric damage suit wide inscription (cool for a lightning build)

    • Some more information below

  • Removed uncommon (white) and common (green) items from level 30 drop tables

    • This was a highly requested change and we agree, so that’s that.

  • We have reduced the crafting materials needed to craft a masterwork from 25 masterwork embers to 15 masterwork embers

    • As you salvage or harvest, you should be able to craft more masterwork items to get the inscriptions you are looking for

    • Now that inscriptions are more relevant to their item, this should yield better results for players

Whether this makes Anthem better or not is up for debate. But it’s a start.

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