As if Bioware’s new IP didn’t have enough issues, it would seem that we can add one more to the list. Anthem‘s Day 1 patch, while fixing certain glaring issues, also ended up creating a slew of new ones as well. The newest claim is that it seemingly “stealth nerfed” loot drops literally overnight.
While things might have seemed fine at first, Anthem‘s day one patch started to gain negative attention on Reddit. According to the game’s producer, Ben Irving, loot drops saw an “unexpected” increase then decrease in drop rates.
Players claim that this “nerf” was done stealthily, and feel that it was attempted in a way that wouldn’t draw attention. However, this is 2019, and nothing gets passed the gaming community.
To Bioware’s credit, Irving attempted to stay ahead of the complaints before they spiraled too far out of control. By dropping into a number of these threads, Irving posted that the drop rates had been accidentally increased and that this “stealth nerf” simply restored them to how they were before the Day 1 patch went live.
“In our Friday changes, one of the edits we made had the side effect of increasing certain drop chances. This was not intended. Once we identified the problem we changed it back to how it was before. That was about 11 hours later,” he attempted to clarify.
He continued by saying, “Took a little time for that message to make it around internally and to make sure we understood what happened and how to avoid it going forward. It’s never our intent to make changes without being transparent, so we wanted to come in here to respond and clarify.”
Along with this statement, he also claims that the drop rates for chests that contained rare items were “intentionally” changed, but also was sure to point out that these changes were in fact listed in the patch notes.
A patch was also rolled out on Saturday to take care of a few other prominent issues that players were reporting. Things like HDR not functioning right on consoles and game crashes are just a few fixes the latest patch allegedly took care of.