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New Anthem video teases the endgame, details Cataclysms

New world events are coming to the endgame

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With Anthem only a few weeks away, BioWare has released a new video in its “This Is Anthem” series, breaking down gameplay systems. This video is all about Anthem’s endgame, and what awaits players who finish the main story campaign and want to keep pushing their Javelin’s power level.

There are a few activities for players to engage with, including challenges, contracts, strongholds, and free play. Players are also able to bump up the difficulty six times. When players hit max level, they’ll gain access to the Grand Master difficulty, which will come in three tiers at launch.

These higher-level difficulties will drastically increase enemy health and damage, and come with a recommended power level before jumping in. The reward is a much higher drop chance for powerful gear, increasing your own odds to build the ideal Javelin.

Anthem - act 1 roadmap
Anthem’s Act 1 roadmap
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The end of the trailer mentions a new system called Cataclysms: the most challenging content in Anthem. Cataclysms are described as time-limited world events where groups of difficult enemies spawn and extreme weather occurs in the open world of Anthem.

Very little is known about this activity. However, it seems that a miniature version of a Cataclysm appeared on the final day of the open demo. In the roadmap above, it appears that the Cataclysm will be part of the first act of the game’s launch cycle. But the dates on that aren’t particularly clear.

Nothing is known about the rewards around these events, what kinds of enemies players will be facing, or when they’ll first arrive in the game. However, more on Anthem’s endgame will likely be revealed before the game is released on Feb. 22.

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