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Anthem is getting less grindy with an imminent loot overhaul

BioWare listens to player feedback.

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Ben Irving, lead producer at BioWare, has revealed in a post to Reddit that there will be an update to Anthem over the course of 28th February and 1st March depending on where you are in the world. BioWare has been listening to player feedback and working to address the issues.

This will look at fixing issues regarding inscriptions and masterworks and the slow grind linked to these.

I’m sure that once you’ve read the below post you’ll agree that this is good news for Anthem and it’s great to see BioWare listening to player feedback and acting up on it.

You can see the full post in Irving’s words below:

Hey All,

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”

There is more feedback, the above is a summary.

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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

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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)

There are likely a bunch of questions, we will read through the comments and if we need an additional post to clarify things, we can work on that.

Thanks again for all of your support

Ben

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