Anthem is Electronic Arts’ highly-anticipated new role-playing franchise, currently on track for a February 22, 2019 debut. While extensive previews have outlined what’s to expect, we still have a lot to learn.
If you can’t wait for launch, the promise of early access lies ahead for select gamers. Details on these gameplay sessions are now surfacing, with steps to prepare for their arrival. We’ve broken down what to expect from Anthem pre-launch demos, how to play, and their scheduled release dates.
What to expect from the Anthem demo
The word “beta” is frequently used in video games as a blanket term for pre-release game access. These versions are from the later stages of development, though can simply be an early slice of the final product. While often valuable for network stress testing and last-minute refinements, they’re mostly seen as a method of last-minute marketing.
EA is being transparent with its intentions for Anthem’s tests, angling them as “pre-release demos.” Unlike alpha or beta builds, these demos will be a slice of the final product. EA has announced two planned demos, from the limited “VIP Demo,” followed by an “Open Demo” accessible to all. Player progression from both sessions is also set to transfer to the final release.
Anthem demo release date and times
The Anthem VIP Demo is scheduled for three days, commencing in early 2019. Spanning Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Origin for PC, invited participants can play from January 25 to January 27, 2019. Exact timings are yet to be confirmed.
The Anthem Open Demo follows one week later, also available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Origin for PC. This demo is available from February 1 to February 3, 2019.
How to play Anthem VIP Demo
While Anthem’s VIP Demo approaching fast, EA has discussed several ways players can gain access.
Anthem preorder VIP Demo access
To guarantee Anthem demo access, players are recommended to preorder of the game ahead of launch. Preordering any edition grants access to the VIP Demo on January 25.
The most common version of Anthem is the game’s “Standard Edition,” which provides access to the base game for $59.99. Physical disc-based copies for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC are stocked at GameStop. Alternatively, digital licenses are stocked at the Microsoft Store, PlayStation Store, and Origin PC store.
A premium-tier Legion of Dawn edition is priced at $79.99, which locks down in-game content aimed at franchise fans. Phsyical disc-based copies for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are stocked at GameStop. Alternatively, digital licenses are stocked at the Microsoft Store, PlayStation Store, and Origin PC store.
Anthem EA Access/Origin Access VIP Demo access
As announced at PAX West 2018, Electronic Arts is also expanding VIP access to subscribers of its in-house subscription services. On Xbox One, players will need to have an active EA Access subscription in late January, priced at $4.99 per month or $29.99 per year. On PC, you’ll need an active Origin Access or Origin Access Premier subscription, which starts from $4.99 per month.
While those anticipating Anthem may see value in preorders, EA Access and Origin Access are ideal for those undecided. Alongside the VIP Demo, you’ll gain access to free EA games, store discounts, and other service benefits. However, with Sony seemingly opposed to EA Access, PlayStation 4 owners will need to stick to preorders.
Anthem newsletter VIP Demo access
If you don’t want to lay down cash, you’re not excluded from the VIP Demo. EA is promising “a chance to play” to select users who sign-up for the official newsletter. It’s not guaranteed, but worth the try.
To register for the Anthem newsletter and enroll in demo opportunities, follow the steps ahead:
- Visit Electronic Arts’ Anthem page.
- Scroll down to Sign up to Anthem news at the bottom of the page.
- Provide the required personal details.
- Fill the checkbox to consent to future marketing.
- Click Sign Up.
A confirmation email will now be sent to your inbox, with future updates expected in the forthcoming weeks. For the latest details on the demo, also be sure to return to this article.
Step into your Javelin
As Anthem’s release nears, we’ll be sure to update this article with the latest details on its demo. In the meantime, the game is available for preorder starting at $59.99, ahead of its planned February 22, 2019, release for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs.
Updated December 30, 2018: We’ve updated this guide with the latest details via EA.
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