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Anthem players are organizing a blackout to protest continuing loot issues

Anthem (opens in new tab)’s issues have, unfortunately, been going on since launch and its players have had enough. A post on Reddit calling for a blackout (opens in new tab) has over 12,000 upvotes and looks like its core message has got across: from 11-15 March, thousands of players are stopping playing the game to protest the loot changes that have recently come into effect. 

“Protest to revert Loot drop changes,” the post by Afinda reads. “Bring back the Bug and let us taste the Lootshower. Stop playing from 03/11/2019-03/15/2019 or 11/03/2019-15/03/2019 for us Europeans to make a point. Show them what we think by sheer player numbers alone!”. The bug in question is one which was mistakenly introduced by BioWare in the massive 1.03 update that dropped recently (opens in new tab). The patch removed uncommon and common drops from high-level activities (opens in new tab), which had the knock-on effect of increasing the drop rate of Masterwork and Legendary loot for endgame missions, with one Reddit post pleading with BioWare to keep the changes getting almost 6,000 upvotes. But BioWare fixed the bug, and it was the last straw for many. 

According to Afinda’s post, the blackout would “show BioWare that all it'd take for us to really enjoy the game, is to receive loot”, before it calls the “time invested vs. reward […] a complete joke”. So watch this space, and let’s see if this blackout changes anything by 15 March, which is this Friday...

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Zoe Delahunty-Light

While here at GamesRadar, Zoe was a features writer and video presenter for us. She's since flown the coop and gone on to work at Eurogamer where she's a video producer, and also runs her own Twitch and YouTube channels. She specialises in huge open-world games, true crime, and lore deep-dives.