Loot changes, bug fixes and more.
BioWare released Update 1.0.4 for Anthem today, adding Legendary Missions, Elysian Caches, loot changes and more.
The full patch notes, which can be found here, detail Legendary Missions, which allow players to replay critical path missions at a much higher difficulty. One mission will be available per day with no limit on the number of times it can be completed.
Players can access Elysian Caches using Elysian keys, which are earned by completing daily challenges. The caches appear at the end of each Stronghold after the boss and they unlock vanity and crafting materials – each cache will create loot for every player in the expedition. BioWare says there are 67 unique vanity unlocks which include vinys, victory poses, emotes and arrivals, all without any duplicates. However, the caches definitely won’t contain new armor.
Loot changes coming to Anthem include chests now having the chance to drop additional items and crafting materials in Strongholds, freeplay and missions. Apex Creatures will similarly have a chance to drop additional loot. For those on GM1 difficulty or higher, Stronghold bosses now drop more loot with an additional chance of dropping Masterwork and Legendary items.
With the update, the Forge is now accessible through the menu when players are in Ft. Tarsis or the Launch Bay – there will no longer be a loading screen before entering the Forge. Various points of support have been added for Nvidia Highlights, along with several performance improvements and bug fixes for all players.
Following a rougher than expected launch, BioWare aimed to make both incremental and significant long-term changes to Anthem’s loot systems. The developer recently increased the rate of masterwork and legendary drops.
Anthem was the best-selling game of February 2019 in the United States, beating out other newcomers like Jump Force and Metro: Exodus.
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Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.