An Anthem bug has apparently made one of the game’s starting weapons the best armament in the game, as if BioWare’s recently launched shooter didn’t have enough problems going for it.
This anomaly was first picked up by Reddit user YeetLordSupreme, who broke down their encounter with the bug in a recent post. While messing around and testing out weapon damages as the Ranger Javelin class, YLS compared the killing potential of a level 1 common Defender rifle to that of a level 45 Masterwork Ralner’s Blaze rifle.
The damage indictions matched up with the respective levels of the rifles–the Defender relaying 286 damage done per bullet and the Blaze rifle doing 1,184–but despite these numbers, YLS discovered that the level 1 rifle was actually killing the target two bullets sooner than the Masterwork. YLS proceeded to test the same Defender rifle against other weapons and enemies, and it continually outperformed the competition, making it the best weapon in their inventory.
Since this discovery, other players have submitted clips demonstrating how the weapon will indicate lower damage numbers, but actually do more damage to the target than others, like in the clip below from Reddit user beatpeet42.
Developer BioWare was quick to comment on the issue in the thread below the main post, with technical design director Brenon Holmes explaining that the issue may have to do with difficulty scaling.
“We’ll need to investigate this, scaling systems are supposed to allow low level players to play with high level players to be effective against high level enemies,” Holmes wrote. “This is not intended, something ain’t right there…”
This was later followed up by a comment from community manager Andrew Johnson, who confirmed that it is a bug and will be fixed.
“Hey everyone – Thanks for the feedback on this. I have confirmed with the team that this is in fact a bug related specifically to the default items on a loadout in combination with higher level gear you have equipped. It’s not functioning as intended and the team is working on it for an upcoming fix.”
The fix in question is slated for March 12th, according to lead producer Ben Irving.
Defender fix should be part of March 12th patch also.
— Ben Irving (@BenIrvo) March 7, 2019
Tragically, this is not even the worst technical issue Anthem has faced recently. Many users have reported that the game is crashing consoles, with one of those crashes happening to yours truly.
Source: PC Gamer