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‘Anthem Next’ revamp abandoned by EA & BioWare following internal review

The Anthem game update that players were anticipating, Anthem Next, has been cancelled by EA and BioWare after an internal review.

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Anthem Next cancelled by EA and BioWare

Anthem Next, BioWare’s complete revamp of the unsuccessful Anthem game, has now been cancelled following an internal review.

Anthem, which was released on February 22, 2019, jumped into a cluttered landscape of looter-shooters and did little to stand out from the pack. The game fell flat for a lot of players and was subject to some poor reviews that never seemed to get any better.

BioWare, the game’s developers, are well-known for making high-quality games like Mass Effect and Dragon’s Age. The failure of Anthem hit them hard, but they were dedicated to improving the experience for all players.

Months after the game’s release, BioWare and EA announced Anthem Next. The new update promised to breathe life back into the game, just as updates to No Man’s Sky and Destiny have in the past.

Anthem Next cancelled

Unfortunately, on February 24, 2021, BioWare shared some bad news with the Anthem fanbase. “In the spirit of transparency and closure we wanted to share that we’ve made the difficult decision to stop our new development work on Anthem (aka Anthem NEXT),” they wrote in a blog post.

The team assured players that they would “continue to keep the Anthem live service running as it exists today.”

With this decision, BioWare and EA will be moving some of their developers away from Anthem Next to better “focus our efforts as a studio and strengthen the next Dragon Age, and Mass Effect titles while continuing to provide quality updates to Star Wars: The Old Republic.”

It looks like Anthem’s last hope of being the game that fans expected has been abandoned. Hopefully, the additional focus on other BioWare IPs pay off in the future.

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Fortnite Donation Board locations: How to vote to unvault items

Here’s everything you need to know about Donation Boards in Fortnite, including the locations where you can find them to vote on returning items.

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Donation box in Fortnite

Donation Boards have appeared across Fortnite island during Season 8, so we’ll go over what they’re for and where you can find them on the map.

With Fortnite Season 8 well underway, you can check out all of the new content in the game, including new Cosmic Chestscosmeticsbounties, and weapons. There’s also a brand-new Battle Pass to progress through.

One of the new additions to the battle royale is the Fortnite Donation Boards. These have been popping up around the Island, and this guide will cover everything you need to know about them, including their locations.

What Are Donation Boards in Fortnite?

Donation Board in Fortnite

The Donation Boards on Fortnite Island look like any regular boards with flyers on them. Once you interact with them, you’ll get a chance to decide which item should be brought to the map.

You can donate 50 Gold Bars towards whichever item you want to see as future loot, with the first item to hit 100% Funded becoming immediately unlocked and ready for use.

There are plenty of unique weapons to choose from in Fortnite Season 8. These include the new Sideways weapons and the few Exotic Weapons currently left in the battle royale.

By donating to these boards, you have the rare opportunity to decide which of these fantastic weapons can become easily accessible to you the next time you hop into a match of Fortnite.

Fortnite Donation Board locations

Donation Board Locations in Fortnite

Donation Boards are mainly located next to POIs on the map. You can currently find a total of 12 scattered around Fortnite Island, and you can often find Turret Boards right next to them.

Once you get to one of these, you’ll have the chance to decide which weapon makes its way to Fortnite Island. This gives you more control over the Battle Royale than before.

Be sure to cast your vote when you come across one of these. For more Fortnite, stay tuned to Charlie INTEL and check out the Gold Cube location and travel path in Fortnite Season 8.

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Fortnite Armored Walls: How to get & use the new Trap

Here’s how to get and use Fortnite Season 8’s latest addition, Armored Walls, which add a ton of HP to your structures.

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Armored Walls in Fortnite Season 8

Fortnite Season 8 has included a brand-new Trap item to the game, with Armored Walls making your structures much more powerful. Here’s how to find and use this new defensive item.

Following the news that Fortnite will be crossing over with designer fashion house Balenciaga, Epic Games has brought even more content with the September 21 hotfix. In this small update, they’ve announced a Fourth Birthday event, given players the chance to unvault an item, and added a new Trap.

The Armored Walls Trap covers builds in thick metal plating, giving “any building piece a whole bunch more HP.”

Here’s how to find and use this powerful new item.

How to get Armored Walls in Fortnite

Armored Walls Trap in Fortnite Season 8

Creating a safe area to hold down is one of the most important strategies to winning a game of Fortnite. Maintaining the high ground and having solid cover is ever-important and now your defense can now be even stronger thanks to the new Armored Walls Trap.

These Armored Walls have arrived in Fortnite Battle Royale matches with the September 21 update. In the accompanying announcement, Epic Games revealed that Armored Walls can be found in Supply Boxes and on the ground. So, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find them, you just need to loot around.

How to use Armored Walls in Fortnite

Armored Walls are Uncommon Traps, so will go into the Trap inventory slot. Like placing the old Damage Traps or Bouncers, you just need to approach one of your own structures with Armor Plates in your inventory and press your Trap keybind, e.g T.

The wall will now become a thick metal structure with 2,500 HP, so the enemies will have an extremely hard time breaking through. However, it works both ways, so be careful you don’t box yourself in!

Here’s a quick summary:

  1. Build or approach one of your walls in Fortnite
  2. Have the Armored Walls trap at the ready
  3. Press your Trap button to apply it to the surface

And that’s how you can find and use Armored Walls in Fortnite Season 8! For more guides, check out how to level up the Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass fast.

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How to level up fast in the Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass

We’ve found some of the best ways for you to level up fast in the Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass and claim all the rewards in the process.

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Fortnite characters in Battle Pass

For those looking to rank up fast in the new Season 8 Battle Pass for Fortnite, here are some of the best ways to level up fast in the Fortnite Season 8

With Fortnite Season 8 well underway, you can check out all of the new content in the game, including new Cosmic Chests, cosmetics, bounties, and weapons. There’s also a brand-new Battle Pass to progress through.

The Season 8 Fortnite Battle Pass has various new cosmetic items, including the new Carnage cosmetic skin.

This guide will go over the fastest ways for you to level up and unlock these items.

How to Level up fast in Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass

Fortnite Season 8 Battle Pass

Complete Weekly punchcards

Fortnite Season 8 1 Punchcard Quests

Punchcards have returned in Fortnite Season 8, replacing weekly quests and offering players a ton of bonus XP towards earning Battle Stars. This will help you progress through the Fortnite Battle Pass quickly.

Each week, a new Weekly Punchcard Quest will appear. Daily Punchcards refresh each day, giving you Quests to complete for some bonus XP. Finishing one Daily Punchcard will complete the first Weekly Quest.

Complete the character punchcards

Fortnite Season 8 Character Punchcards

On top of the Weekly Punchcards, there will also be character Punchcards to complete for the remainder of the season. These are all tailored around the Fortnite Battle Pass skins and a few other notable NPCs.

Just speak with the characters on Fortnite Island to start a punchcard and complete all the tasks given to you. You can be done with all of them in a single playthrough.

Play as much as possible

Fortnite Balenciaga Game Knights outfit

Although it seems obvious, playing the game as much as you can obviously boost your rank and level you up nicely. Even better, performing well in your games by getting a high placement and kills will give you even more XP and rank you up faster.

Also, don’t forget that playing with friends will give you an extra XP boost, so make sure you team up with your buddies and get some Victory Royales!

That’s all on how to level up fast in the Fortnite Battle Pass. For more on Fortnite, stay tuned to Charlie INTEL and check out our recent article on the Fortnite Gold Cube location.

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