Season of Skulls now underway.
BioWare’s troubled looter-shooter Anthem is still soldiering onward, and is now, as it waves goodbye to its long-in-the-works Cataclysm event, joining in the spooky festivities with the launch of its new Season of Skulls.
As Anthem’s latest event gets underway, things take a sinister turn, with BioWare setting the scene thusly: “As a thick and ominous fog gathers among the trees and strange sounds echo in the distance, the people of Bastion gather together to rise up against the darkness with determination, defiance, and celebration. Fort Tarsis stands proud with towering bonfires, colourful banners, and the bones of its vanquished foes – a bastion of security amid the chaos.”
Fort Tarsis itself will, says BioWare, offer up some clues as to the cause of the aforementioned fog, which is luring terrible creatures out of the shadows beyond its walls. And should you wish to go a-hunting, the developer’s latest blogpost notes that the only requirements to get involved are that players have completed the Incursion storyline.
By selecting the Season of Skulls option from Anthem’s main menu, players will have the opportunity to tackle enemy-filled arenas – which sound a lot like Anthem’s previous Cataclysm event. Cataclym’s Inversions will be in play, modifying certain aspects of a fight and changing on a weekly basis, and players only have a limited amount of time to maximise their score during an arena run to climb the leaderboards.
Elsewhere, Freeplay mode will enable players to take on faction-themed Anomalies. By selecting Arcanist, Freelancer, or Sentinel events on the map, participants can face-off against the likes of Scars and Ghostly Spiders. Completing these missions unlocks a boss event, which will change weekly and lead to “some of the best rewards”.
And speaking of rewards, players will earn Crystals by competing in the Season of Skulls, and these can be exchanged at Herschel’s Hut in Fort Tarsis for War Chests and items. It’ll also be possible to complete weekly and seasonal challenges to unlock vanity items.
EA hasn’t indicated an end-date for Anthem’s Season of Skulls, but the event is underway now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.