Howdy Freelancers! Yesterday Jesse Anderson, Community Manager for Anthem, Tweeted out some update notes for the Cataclysm PTS. I’m going to explore those notes and get into the nitty gritty here so there’s something that’s a bit more fleshed out on them in the world.

Fixes

First things first, Anderson points out that this update has a lot of fixes going along with it. Those fixes aren’t listed, but let’s take it at face value that the majority of bugs Freelancers have been reporting are fixed. Let me know in the comments if there are any particularly prevalent ones they’ve missed.

Schedules

This PTS update introduces a couple of schedules so we can get a good idea of what’s going on. These will also be present in the final Cataclysm build, so the seasonal store schedule is pretty important here.

The first schedule is for Inversions. These are how the arenas change within the Cataclysm itself, and are useful to know because they’re how you increase your score in the event. Remember, the higher your score, the better your rewards.

The second schedule is for the seasonal store, as I already pointed out. This is pretty important for collectors, and those who really want to make the most of their time in Anthem. Seasonal items are rare, but they’re also available through in-game currency, so it’s worth playing as much as possible when a good item is coming up to ensure you get it. That’s what I’ll be using this schedule for anyway.

Inversion Schedule

The schedule began on the 2nd of July, so we’re already well into it today, but this is what Anderson put out yesterday so it’s really his fault we didn’t see this on Tuesday.

Tuesday – 02/07/2019

  • Arenas: All
  • Inversion 1: On The Edge – Deal higher damage when Javelin has low armour
  • Inversion 2: Soldier’s Reward – Killing enemies restores a potion of your Javelin’s shield
  • Seasonal Store: Melee Weapon

Wednesday – 03/07/2019

  • Arenas: All
  • Inversion 1: Precision Operator – Increased damage is dealt by Precision and Sniper Rifles
  • Inversion 2: Immunity Pack – Get a brief window of immunity when picking up ammo
  • Seasonal Store: Melee Weapon

Thursday – 04/07/2019

  • Arenas: All
  • Inversion 1: Broken Magazine – Ammo drops are increased, but weapons have no spare ammo
  • Inversion 2: Running on Empty – Get a 100% damage buff for 20 seconds when you empty your weapon’s clip
  • Seasonal Store: Gear

Friday – 05/07/2019

  • Arenas: All
  • Inversion 1: Broken Magazine – Ammo drops are increased, but weapons have no spare ammo
  • Inversion 2: Running on Empty – Get a 100% damage buff for 20 seconds when you empty your weapon’s clip
  • Seasonal Store: Gear

Saturday – 06/07/2019

  • Arenas: All
  • Inversion 1: From the Skies – Javelins can hover for an extended period of time
  • Inversion 2: Air Support – Gain a buff of 10% increase to damage to enemies on the ground when killing enemies from above. Stacks up to 5 times
  • Seasonal Store: Weapons

Sunday – 07/07/2019

  • Arenas: All
  • Inversion 1: From the Skies – Javelins can hover for an extended period of time
  • Inversion 2: Air Support – Gain a buff of 10% increase to damage to enemies on the ground when killing enemies from above. Stacks up to 5 times
  • Seasonal Store: Weapons

Monday – 08/07/2019

  • Arenas: All
  • Inversion 1: Lightning Rod – Your close range kills will chain lightning between enemies
  • Inversion 2: Close Encounters – SMGs and Shotguns do 50% more damage
  • Seasonal Store: Melee Weapons

Tuesday – 09/07/2019

  • Arenas: All
  • Inversion 1: Ultimate Boost – The regeneration of your Ultimate metre from kills is increased
  • Inversion 2: Turbo Gear – The recharge rate for Gear is increased
  • Seasonal Store: Gear

Wednesday – 10/07/2019

  • Arenas: All
  • Inversion 1: On The Edge – Deal higher damage when Javelin has low armour
  • Inversion 2: Soldier’s Reward – Killing enemies restores a potion of your Javelin’s shield
  • Seasonal Store: Gear

Thursday – 11/07/2019

  • Arenas: All
  • Inversion 1: Precision Operator – Increased damage is dealt by Precision and Sniper Rifles
  • Inversion 2: Immunity Pack – Get a brief window of immunity when picking up ammo
  • Seasonal Store: Weapons

I think this is a big step in the right direction for the Cataclysm. Destiny 2 has a similar system for Nightfalls and The Dreaming City with levels of Darkness varying each week. A daily rotation for the 6 weeks of the Cataclysm would keep it very interesting, and is exactly what Anthem needs.

Let me know what you think of the schedule and PTS update in the comments.

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