Since well before launch, BioWare has been teasing the Cataclysm endgame experience. It was described as a world-changing event that would test players, making them work hard with their javelins and others to deal with the winds of change and the forces involved.
Cataclysm was initially planned for May, but content updates were put on hold after several deadlines were missed in April to work on fixing other issues with the game before adding new content.
Cataclysm isn’t a raid, but more of a limited time event. Over eight weeks, players will find new loot and activities to do each week. The first two weeks are pre-events, with cosmetic rewards linked to already playable content.
Then during the event proper, players will be able to play through three new story missions and enter a brand new area called The Cataclysm. These story missions will have cinematics and will help connect what happened in the original campaign with what players are doing in the new zone.
The Cataclysm is an open-world zone, constantly under a supernatural storm. Squads of four will have a time limit to explore, complete objectives and defeat a final boss for points. These points are then converted into a currency that is used to buy event specific gear.
The time limit is imposed by the heavy storm slowly draining your suit’s “Stability Meter”. Run out of that and your health will start dropping quickly. There will be objectives that create a safe spot from the storm, giving you extra time to accrue more score.
The game will feature ways to increase your score, from solving puzzles to finding secrets, to fighting in a storm and finally, killing the big bad Vara, which ends the Cataclysm and doubles your score.
Each week the arenas available will change and inversions will come into effect, with inversions adding modifiers, like increasing damage of a certain weapon type, or reducing the efficacy of elemental effects. This should allow players to switch up their arsenal and playstyle to try get the most points possible.
The points you accrue will let you buy battle chests, which will net you some reward. These rewards will include new masterwork gear, items to go in a new slot in javelins which modifies melee attacks and more. So get ready to curse your RNG luck.
There is currently no release date for Cataclysm.