EA’s upcoming video game Anthem now has two demo weekends behind it, but there are still a lot of questions from the fandom about the new, action-packed, high-flying franchise. One concern among gamers, pre- and post-demo, has been the length of the story mode and the quantity of endgame content. If Anthem is to be a competitor to games like Destiny and its ilk, the developers are going to need to keep that content coming in order to give players a reason to grind. Today, the first hint of just what sort of endgame loot, missions, and game-changing events we’ll experience arrived in the form of a new video.
Anthem‘s marketing team and development heads have been very vocal on social media about the game’s promise and its problems, but one recurring theme is that they’re in for the long haul and will have lots and lots to bring to the experience in the months (and years?) ahead. This video, which shows off a bit of the story mode as well as all the endgame content you can expect, certainly suggests there’ll be plenty to keep people busy … for a while. It remains to be seen just how engaging endgame will be (and if the servers can sustain it) but we’ll get a better idea once the game arrives on February 15th for EA/Origin Access members, and February 22nd for everyone else.
Check out the new Endgame trailer for Anthem below:
Continuing the series, this gameplay video showcases your first story in Anthem, along with javelin personalization and a look at the expanding world of Anthem and its endgame content. Game Director Jonathan Warner walks you through some of the contracts, Strongholds, and endgame content that will constantly offer new challenges for you to test your skills against.
Here are the details on Anthem‘s endgame, courtesy of EA:
As you explore the world of Anthem and take on missions, your Pilot level will increase, making new aspects of all your javelins (like a second weapon slot) available to you. Once you reach Pilot Level 30 – the max level – you can continue to upgrade your javelins by adding higher-level gear to your loadout. The higher the rarity, the better the gear, and the harder it is to get.
Once you reach Anthem’s endgame content, you can grab new gear in a variety of ways – all as challenging as they are rewarding. Check out all the different options below.
Anthem has six total difficulty levels: Easy, Normal, Hard, Grand Master, Grand Master 2, and Grand Master 3. The last three tiers are only unlocked when you reach Pilot Level 30. Once you complete Anthem’s main story, you can up the difficulty of the entire game to challenge yourself even more.
The higher the difficulty level, the better your chances of finding Anthem’s highest rarity gear and personalization items.
When you can’t find it, build it. Different endgame objectives will reward you with crafting blueprints for gear and personalization items, while others reward you with the crafting materials and coin necessary to fashion those schematics into complete items.
Complete a variety of endgame missions – including any of the mission types below – to unlock and gather all the pieces you need.
Contracts and Legendary Contracts
As you become a more powerful Freelancer, people in Fort Tarsis start to notice you more – and some of them would love to put you to work. Different factions within Fort Tarsis will offer you contracts: sometimes unpredictable missions that will see you dealing with a host of unique problems that only a Freelancer can solve. Improving your reputation with different groups will give you access to crafting blueprints.
Prove yourself to your faction partners, and you may find yourself on the receiving end of a Legendary Contract. These multi-part missions take a lot more work, skill, and firepower to complete, but the rewards are far greater to match.
Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Challenges
Once you have a blueprint, you’ll need crafting materials and coins to create the piece of gear you have your eye on. Completing regular challenges as you carry out your missions will reward you with the raw materials you need to turn those gear drawings into the real thing.
Keep an eye out for more information on regular challenges as we get closer to launch.
Strongholds are some of the highest-level fixed challenges in Anthem, and they’ll put your entire squad to the test. These longer missions will have you fighting some of the deadliest enemies in the world, and plenty of them, as you delve deep into unknown territory.
Fight your way past every obstacle, and you’ll be handsomely rewarded with some of the best loot in the game. Stay in constant communication with your team and use everything you’ve learned as a Freelancer to make it through to the end.
Exploring the World
All of the mission types above can be accessed through Anthem’s free-roaming mode, called Freeplay. After venturing out into the world, you can take a targeted approach and head straight for various missions and Strongholds marked on your map, or go on a more leisurely hunt for secrets and loot. World events happen randomly in Freeplay and the environment can change in a second, so stay sharp. You never know what your adventures will lead you to – rewards, mysterious discoveries, or something you’d rather not find.
The world of Anthem is terrifying, dangerous, and unpredictable – and you will have to deal with its deadliest phenomena, called Cataclysms. These world events cause physical changes to the world like extreme weather, deluges of hostile creatures, and changes to the landscape that will reveal new mysteries to solve.
Taking on these challenging events will earn you some mysterious rewards – rewards we’ll be able to tell you about very soon.
Anthem will continue to grow, and you can expect to encounter new characters, missions, and stories in the future. Keep your javelins tuned and ready to go at a moment’s notice – you never know when you’ll be needed.
Here’s Collider Video’s first impressions of Anthem from the first VIP demo in January: