Anthem has had a pret­ty rough launch but devel­op­er BioWare isn’t lick­ing its wounds. Today a small patch was released to address a few issues plagu­ing play­ers.

  • The teth­er­ing timer for mis­sions has been increased. Play­ers should now have more time to catch up to their Squad before see­ing a count­down timer.
  • The Swarm Tyrant encounter in the Tyrant Mine Strong­hold can no longer be reset by the entire Squad exit­ing to the main menu and rejoin­ing the ses­sion in progress.

Today’s patch fix­es just a cou­ple of things but anoth­er patch com­ing very short­ly will make some changes to loot and item inscrip­tions. check out those changes out­lined below.

Loot and Inscription Changes (Going live Feb. 28th or March 1st)

  • 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

Addi­tion­al inscrip­tion change details

Its hard to write a short ver­sion of this, but I’m going to try. If we need to add more infor­ma­tion lat­er we can do that…

  • Cur­rent: There are a large pool of inscrip­tion options avail­able to roll on items, the inscrip­tion pools are gener­ic (e.g. Weapons)
    • Every mas­ter­work item has 4 inscrip­tions – Major Pri­ma­ry, Minor Pri­ma­ry, Major Sec­ondary, Minor Sec­ondary
  • Change: Each item type now has a spe­cif­ic set of inscrip­tion options for each of their inscrip­tion pools. The pools are small­er and are tar­get­ed to the spe­cif­ic item type
    • E.g. there used to be a Weapon pool, now there is an Assault Rifle pool and the assault rifle pool has 4 pools for each of the inscrip­tion types list­ed above
    • Pri­ma­ry inscrip­tions are focused on dam­age or sur­viv­abil­i­ty
      • Any item spe­cif­ic inscrip­tions (gear icon) will always ben­e­fit the item they are on
      • Javelin wide inscrip­tions (suit icon) will ben­e­fit dam­age or sur­viv­abil­i­ty across the whole Javelin
    • Sec­ondary inscrip­tions focus on util­i­ty and can be tar­get­ed to the item (gear icon) or the entire javelin (suit icon)

Anthem is avail­able now for the Playsta­tion 4, Xbox One and PC.