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Anthem's first pre-Cataclysm challenges are live

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After delaying Anthem's first big in-game event back in May, Bioware is finally kicking off Cataclysm festivities with a series of pre-event challenges. The Freeplay challenges are called "The Oncoming Storm" and revolve around crystals.

Bioware hasn't yet specified, but it's assumed these challenges are part of the two week "pre-Cataclysm" period before the event starts in full force. Once the storm really comes, there will be a new area, new legendary weapons, and more.

Source: Anthem Subreddit

Source: Anthem Subreddit (Image credit: EA)

New Anthem stuff in general is exciting, but the challenges themselves don't look particularly thrilling. You're either collecting crystals in the open world, completing crystal-themed world events, or killing crystallized enemies. This imgur thread put together by the Anthem subreddit shows the details of each challenge.

The fans sticking around hope Bioware will deliver with the full Cataclysm event, but many have already given up on Anthem.

Last month, Steven talked about how Anthem feels hopeless in its current state. "In four months BioWare has only managed to address some of Anthem's most broken designs, but we're still left with a shooter that is woefully boring and sparse," he said.  "If BioWare really wants to save Anthem, it needs to give up on its half-assed post-launch roadmap, start over from scratch, and build something actually worth saving."

Thanks, PCGamesN

Morgan Park

Morgan has been writing for PC Gamer since 2018, first as a freelancer and currently as a staff writer. He has also appeared on Polygon, Kotaku, Fanbyte, and PCGamesN. Before freelancing, he spent most of high school and all of college writing at small gaming sites that didn't pay him. He's very happy to have a real job now. Morgan is a beat writer following the latest and greatest shooters and the communities that play them. He also writes general news, reviews, features, the occasional guide, and bad jokes in Slack. Twist his arm, and he'll even write about a boring strategy game. Please don't, though.