Anthem Begins Testing Cataclysm Changes, But…

Anthem Begins Testing Cataclysm Changes, But Players Aren’t Satisfied

Hey Freelancers,


It’s time for an update to the PTS, which should be available for download on PC at 2pm Central Time. This update will contain a number of fixes and changes based on player feedback. We’ve also added in a version of the Seasonal store which contains a war chest for you to check out. If you have feedback on them you can share HERE on Answers HQ. We also have a new survey link if you’d like to share feedback on the latest version of the PTS here:




We want to thank all of you for the feedback you’ve provided as it helps us make improvements with each update. And now for some PTS notes 😊



New Features

  • A limited version of the Seasonal store is now available. Spend the Crystals you earn from playing through the Cataclysm and other events on seasonal rewards.
  • Shaper Storm Events – Based on player feedback, creatures now spawn while waiting for the timer to finish counting down.
  • Updates to Vara gameplay, VFX and cinematics.
    • Boss Phases fully set up
    • Transitions now working properly
    • Attacks Updated
      • Fire wall speed increased from 8 seconds to 4 seconds
      • Ice projectile now seeks properly
      • Beam now triggers properly after player frozen
      • Dominion summon now works more than once
      • Close range melee now has an air version for hovering players
      • Pillar AOEs now have better timings and clearer VFXs
      • Ground fire timing has been made easier to avoid
      • Most attacks VFX and Animations have been improved
  • Updates to cinematic scenes, including new animations.
  • Cataclysm scoring is now affected by the difficulty selected.
  • Based on player feedback, notifications were added to inform the player of when each tier in the Shaper Storm Event starts.
  • Added/updated Inversion journal entries in the cortex. All current Inversions should now have names and descriptions.
  • Added audio cue for when a player is ready in the start of expedition screen.
    • The audio will fire if they are anywhere within the Star of Expedition screen (game mode, consumables, map, social, inversions), if they close the screen or navigate to the Forge they currently won’t hear it.


Bug Fixes

  • Various lighting and environment art issues addressed within the Cataclysm area.
  • Leaderboards: You are now able to see playcards other than just your own.
  • Vara now drops loot after she is defeated.
  • Fixed issues with VO not firing properly.
  • Reduced the volume of chat wheel VO to prevent it from talking over mission VO.
  • Fixed an issue where a party wipe in the Cataclysm caused completed arenas (other than the last one completed) to be reset and replayable.
  • Fixed issues with gunfire visual effects showing incorrectly depending on whether the Cataclysm storm was on or off.
  • Fixed an issue where the Cataclysm instructions were only being displayed for the first player to load in.
  • Fixed an issue where the Inversions pop-up was being displayed again after respawning.
  • Fixed an issue where your score for completing the Cataclysm was not reset for your next run if you didn’t defeat Vara in the previous run.
  • Fixed some issues with the interactions between the pressure plates and shield domes containing echoes.
  • Fixed several crashes.
  • Lowered the difficulty of the Valkyries in the story missions based on player feedback.
  • Cataclysm unlocked notification no longer appears each time you enter the Cataclysm.
  • Added electric hazards to prevent players from avoiding the Anomaly.
  • Fixed a chest that could spawn partially under the terrain after completing an arena in the Cataclysm.
  • Fixed an issue where completing an arena in the Cataclysm showed “World Event Complete” instead of “Cataclysm Event Complete”.
  • Fixed an issue where Valkyries would sometimes stop tracking and attacking players occasionally.
  • Fixed an issue in the Cataclysm where a party wipe while fighting the Riftmaster caused the rift to remain shielded after respawning, making it impossible to complete the arena.

Below is a list of known issues that currently exist. This thread will be updated regularly as we roll out updates to the PTS.



Known issues – 6/25/2019

  • Each time you enter Fort Tarsis you will be granted melee slot items across all javelins, which quickly takes up vault space.
  • The Cataclysm storm visual effect persists everywhere, including safe bubbles.
  • Arena 4 “Casja’s Forge” – enemies don’t spawn and the beam points downwards, leaving one of the suppression fields permanently enabled
    Workaround: to place the relic fragments, use the other relic suppression field.
  • Rifts sometimes cannot be destroyed.
  • Leaving arenas and returning might break functionality such as:
    • Arena 1 “Eye of Magnus” – players are unable to interact with the control rods they have already interacted with.
    • Arena 6 “Diana’s Landing” – enemies no longer spawn when returning.
  • Arena 3 “Britaheim” event – players can remain trapped in the dome shield.Workaround: Stand on the pressure plate until the second player picks up the echo and leaves.
  • The End of Expedition screen can sometimes only be skipped if all notifications are skipped at once.
  • Cataclysm is locked when returning from a Nexus run at the End of Expedition screen. Workaround:  Start the Cataclysm from Fort Tarsis.
  • Cataclysm still shows “Suit Up – Enter the Cataclysm” objective in the expedition. However the real objective and the timer are still displayed to the player.
  • Arena 7 “Castle Kelrik” – sometimes light solutions don’t work but the puzzle still functions.

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