Anthem Won't Feature Loot Boxes Or Charge Players For Story DLC
Developers Bioware have confirmed that their upcoming RPG, Anthem, will not include loot boxes or charge players for story driven DLC.
This was announced during their PAX West panel, although both Bioware and publishers EA are yet to share what post-launch content Anthem will offer.
Of course, this doesn't mean there won't be any paid DLC but, in order for all players to enjoy the main story, some expansions will be free of charge.
The executive producer of Anthem at Bioware, Mark Darrah, said: "For storytelling we don't want to divide the audience, we want people to be able to experience the same stories so none of that is going to be locked."
He also noted that you'll have to grind in order to unlock new weapons and cosmetics, rather than simply being able to buy loot boxes that unlock the best gear - something most gamers will be happy to hear.
"No loot boxes," said Darrah. "There will be some cosmetic stock that you can pay for but it will always be earnable."
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Lead producer, Mike Gamble, further explained how players can earn new gear for their characters, otherwise known as Freelancers.
According to Gamble, Strongholds will play a major role in end game content, and will be the home for earning sweet, precious loot.
In short, Strongholds are difficult, raid-like challenges that require teams of four to complete. They'll likely resemble what Destiny offers in terms of end game content - play through a mission and kill a big boss.
However, "from a cosmetic perspective" normal gameplay will still give out rare items, but "gear and weapons you'll have to earn. You can grind for those. But there will be some content that will be locked behind challenges. Strongholds will give certain things."
What do you think about this news? Are you looking forward to Anthem? Are you glad there's no loot boxes and that some DLC will be free? Let us know.
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