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Anthem loot rate drop improved by update as Bioware shooter fights back

Image Credit: EA / Bioware

What's a persistent online shooter without a decent loot system? Doomed, that's what, and Anthem developers Bioware seem to have noticed that.

The sci-fi jetpack-fuelled shoot-em up has got off to a rocky start after years of hype, with players finding that worthy in-game loot drops were not only rare, but in some instances absolutely pointless too, given that the game scales a player's power in an unusual way after levelling up.

A new update is launching for Anthem to address this. Rolling out server-side (meaning you won't have to download an update or new version of the game yourself), the drop rate of powerful items will be "increased" during "specific scenarios".

'Tuning update'

"In the latest server-side update, we've made some notable changes to the loot drop rate in specific scenarios, which will take effect immediately in a server-side tuning update," the team said on publisher EA's website.

"These changes include: Masterwork & Legendary drop rates have been increased for Grandmaster 2 and Grandmaster 3 difficulty levels, and Masterwork & Legendary drop rates have been increased for harder enemies at all difficulty levels. This includes: Legendary Ancient Ash Titan, Elite Ancient Ash Titan, Legendary Fury, Legendary Ursix and Legendary Luminary."

Will it be enough to allay the fears of the game's frustrated community? That's hard to say. Anthem's problems run deep, from networking issues to a lack of endgame content and the story telling that Bioware's games are known for. However, it has also been designed to last and improve over multiple years. Here' hoping this is the first of many meaningful improvements.

Gerald Lynch

Gerald is the Executive Editor for TechRadar, taking care of the site's home cinema, gaming, smart home, entertainment and audio output. He loves his gaming, but don't expect him to play with you unless your console is hooked up to a 4K HDR screen and a 7.1 surround system. Based out of TechRadar Towers, London, Gerald was previously Editor of Gizmodo UK. He dreams of the day when he can pop on a VR headset and meet Lawnmower Man-era Pierce Brosnan. Sadly, Pierce doesn't share the dream.