Anthem's next patch coming sooner than expected

We were expecting Anthem's 1.03 patch on March 12, but according to a post from their community manager Jesse Anderson (opens in new tab) it'll be here "between 7am and 9am Central Time on March 9th" instead. Among its changes, level 30+ characters will no longer find basic white or green-rarity items, respawn timers are now based on the activity a player is in, and various improvements to stability and audio have also been made.

That's the high-level stuff but there's also a long list of more general fixes. Missions should now end when they're supposed to rather than sometimes leaving everyone in limbo until the game notices you've completed all the objectives, and you'll be able to launch an expedition from anywhere in Fort Tarsis. The base damage of various masterwork weapons has been buffed, though there's no mention of what's happening with the Defender, the starter rifle that is more powerful than anything else (opens in new tab).

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Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.