Anthem is just under a month away from official launch, but weekend VIP demo downloading has begun

    
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In we go.

If you’ve been looking forward to Anthem, you have about a month to go until it has launched for everyone. The game’s full launch is on February 22nd, which means that we’re entering the final stages, and BioWare’s general manager Casey Hudson took the time to pen a piece looking back on the game’s six-year development cycle from concept to its imminent release. Hudson notes that a lot is going to change when the game is live and in the hands of players, which will make the game not a finished point but the start of an ongoing journey for both developers and players.

“Anthem will launch with a ton of content, including a substantial main story that introduces you to the world and its characters. But there’s still a missing ingredient that we haven’t been able to test Anthem with: you. So, over the next month as you start to have opportunities to try what we’ve created, I ask you to keep one thing in mind: The launch of Anthem is not the end – it’s the beginning of an ongoing story in which you are a critical element. If there’s something you want more of, we can build it. If something isn’t right, let us know. And the story itself will unfold over time based on how you play the game. Soon, we will reveal more about our plans for how we intend to support that ongoing stream of content and features.”

He also restates the dates we know for the game’s demos (VIP demo testing for preorder players starts this Friday, with general access beginning on February 1st), with true early access for Origin subbers kicking off on February 15th.

It’s been a lengthy road, so let’s see how it plays as we move toward that finish line in just a few weeks.

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FYI

https://www.ea.com/games/anthem/buy#pre-order-anthem-pc

* If you are an origin premier subscriber, you get to play the demo and play early, but it is only a few days.

* If you pre-order the game, you get to play the demo

Premier is under $100 for a year and for me, this pays for the $80 deluxe edition and you get to play other titles… I’m finding a lot of titles I bought from Steam available to me, which is just a kick in the mommy/daddy button. I am disappointed that they don’t offer SWTOR sub, because I would play it again if it were part of the premier sub, it’s just something I don’t play enough to sub to, but I have stories that I haven’t even completed.
From the videos I’ve watch, I do find Anthem very similar in style to ME Andromeda and it’s my first ME game. I will utilize the sub to play the other titles which I’ve read are good, and may even play through Dragon Age again, but I ramble. I’m really disappointed with the perforamance and I hope they optimized Anthem better, otherwise I’m in need of upgrading my hardware.

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IronSalamander8 .

I’ve seen it up on the Origin store. May give it a try later on down the road but not really interested in it. It looks gorgeous for sure, but it’s an odd fit for BW and EA mostly chases trends instead of setting them so I don’t expect a lot here.

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Sana Tan

Well I already tried Warframe for free and it’s definitely not the game for me. In top of that I actually liked Warframe world a lot more. One of the things that really annoyed me when I tried ME:A was all the constant jarring voice banter . I see that they do the same in this game, even at a higher degree.

It’s sad that EA decided to go for this with SWTOR’s resources, but not surprising. This move has left me highly salty, I won’t deny it. I won’t even try this game for free.

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Jeremy Barnes

Maybe someone can enlighten me on this.

You *have* to subscribe to their Origin Access Premier to play on the 15th? Pre-ordering isn’t enough?

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Targeter

The first bullet point says: “If you have pre-ordered or are an active EA Access Subscriber”

So if you’ve pre-ordered, you should be good to go!

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Jeremy Barnes

Thanks for the answer, but the first bullet point refers to the Demo on February 1st, not early access. The 3rd bullet point is the one I was asking about.

That bullet point makes it seems like early access is for people who have Origin Access Premier *Only*

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Targeter

Oh wow … my reading comprehension rolled a natural 1. Yep, sorry about that. I did a bit more poking around and it looks like you’re correct … only Access Premier folks get to play early. If you’ve already pre-ordered … sorry ’bout that.

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Armsbend

Games As A Service Over All Things

they think people need this so bad they will subscribe to try it. This game is going to bomb so hard it will be legendary.

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Jack Kerras

Pre-ordering is enough! I think you have to get whatever the first phase of the special edition (or more!) is.

Search Anthem in Origin, and you should see ‘Add to Library’, or ‘Try First’. Click Try First. That’s the demo.

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Jeremy Barnes

Thanks for the answer, but I was asking Early Access, not the demo. It seems like pre-ordering doesn’t get you early access. Looks like you have to have their Origin Premier Access

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camren_rooke

Given it’s an EA game I’m not likely to play it but the icing on the cake is the animations showing you getting into your mech suit.

That hits me in the claustrophobia zone and the mind goes to bad places and the panic attack starts rising.

Even now just thinking about it…. *shudder

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Ran across IGN’s review of the demo this morning and I started reading a bit out of curiosity.

Stopped when I hit the blurb from Bioware referring to max level content with that same idiotic “Elder Game” label they came up with some years ago for SWTOR. Seems like the marketing wonks that have sunk the rest of their portfolio are in charge of this one as well, no surprise.

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Armsbend

You know – when a formerly influential website relegates itself to early reviews of demos – you know for a fact they are now in fact an inconsequential website.

How sad and pathetic are you when you rush out demo reviews?

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rafael12104

Yup. Before it was like they still had one foot out to remain objective. Now they are totally in bed with publishers. They are now nothing but a mouthpiece for those willing to pay.

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Armsbend

They probably have to – seeing how streamers come much cheaper and will say anything for a fraction of the price. Truth in Advertising and Gaming doesn’t relate.

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rafael12104

No question that the emergence of “influencers” (fucking hate that term) aka streamers have changed the landscape. They are much cheaper as you state and they are more and more accessible to specific market segments.

For example, and you are probably aware of this one, Summit1G started playing Sea of Thieves and has been having a good time with it. His viewership went up significantly, more streamers seeing the impact on viewership took up the game, and now the game is experiencing a surge in sales.

And at a minimal cost to MS because most of those streamers aren’t even sponsored.

IGN could try and sell its journalism but has already heavily invested in vids and live streaming content. Heh. As a result, they are sheep.

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I’ve been watching his stream from time to time – he makes the game seem incredibly entertaining – whereas other people don’t as much. Because of his stream I’ve wanted to buy the thing.

i think you read the same article I did today. Apparently Ninja and Driwearafunnymustache have been playing it as well.

I’m really happy about it really. I love Rare with all of my sooty heart and want them to succeed. According to every article I’ve read Thieves was considered an unmitigated success by all metrics before Summit got involved. With? They caught fire again a year after release – which is kind of crazy when you think about it. I think (know) MS is about to make some major moves in gaming. I hope their harmonious relationship with RARE is indicative of their acquisitions going forward. MS was evil before EA was evil. I think the Rare buy changed that tune a bit – and both prospered.

Streamers are worth more than anything else right now. They are honestly worth every penny they are paid to play your game. Except when Ninja got paid to play FO76. That was anti-marketing. he looked like he would rather be doing anything else.

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Irritating that you have to do a search for “Anthem” to find the demo in the PSN store, because it isn’t listed as “related” on the game’s listing & it doesn’t show up under “most recent” Demos.

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P.S. why in the hell did they change the loading screen music from that hyper recognizable theme song to some moody generic “epic” crap?

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rafael12104

Some marketing wonk’s bright idea, no doubt.

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rafael12104

Hmm. There will plenty of chances to see the game in action, no question about that.

I like it. MEA had early access, not quite like this, but with a disastrous effect.
Nevertheless, Bioware seems confident in Anthem and thus is expanding ways to get the game in front of customers early.

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David Bresson

This is pretty much the same release schedule they just did with Battlefield 5. I think the real kicker is even if you pre-order for full price, you don’t get the full game early like the subs get – you could sub for $15 for one month only, and still get the game earlier than the dude that paid $80 in pre-order.