BioWare Details Anthem Reboot Loot System, Looks Similar to Destiny

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In case you didn’t know, BioWare’s Anthem is being overhauled or rebooted with a still-unspecified release for when these changes are coming. Back in May, the studio mentioned how they are in the incubation stage for the revamp. Today, tbough details about the Anthem reboot loot system has been revealed.

Before diving in, note that none of the stuff mentioned below are final and are subject to change. Got that? Good. Head on below to see what Studio Director Christian Dailey has to say about the planned changes to Anthem’s loot system.

Satisfying Loot Experience

A good player experience depends on the loot system being extensible and robust, and a lot can go wrong. A lot did go wrong. We fell short here and we realized that building something new from the ground up was going to be required – starting with taking a long look and understanding the best in class of the many great games that inspire us. Based on this research, along with your thoughts and feedback, we planned some high-level goals and changes we wanted to try:

Respect Your Time

  • Increase the frequency of Loot Drops
  • Loot is viable more often; All items are better and more competitive, but there’s still a chance of getting something exceptional
  • All loot rarities have strategic value throughout progression

Embrace Choice

  • You can pursue specific loot without relying on randomness alone; Quests; Specialized Vendors; Unique Loot Tables
  • Modify your loot, including rerolling inscriptions and leveling up items

Create a Rewarding Loot Experience

  • Loot feels exciting and more noticeable when it drops, and is celebrated when collected
  • Rare enemies (aka “walking treasure chests”) create exciting moments to get a burst of loot all at once

Keep it Accessible and Immediate

  • Reveal and equip loot right away
  • Complete revamp of the equipment sheet – including a detailed stat sheet (not shown)
  • The equipment sheet can be accessed from anywhere, allows you to easily see what you have equipped in each slot

Reliability of Equipment and Rewards

  • Each item has an inscription “budget”, based on its Power and Rarity
  • No more useless items because they were missing must-have inscriptions (see “Increased weapon dmg by +225%”)
  • Exceptional items are about getting the exact types of bonuses you want, instead of maxing values on every bonus

Scale for the Future

  • Your power cap can be easily increased, and the loot system scales accordingly
  • Advanced telemetry data allows us to identify trends and make meaningful balance changes

Check out a work-in-progress look at how the Anthem reboot loot system and drops look in-game:

If you’ve played Bungie’s Destiny franchise, the loot menu, how it works when you pick up loot and so on, look very similar. That said, I don’t have a problem with it, though I’m unsure how Destiny or Anthem players will feel about it.

Speaking of loot, head on over here to see all the Anthem armors in the game in one place.

Source: BioWare Blog

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