Anthem outlines future plans and preps more server capacity ahead of tomorrow’s public demo

    
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Hooray, no shouting LFG for hours, that's enticing.

So who’s ready for round two of Anthem? BioWare is! The studio’s Chad Robertson has penned a new dev blog prepping the playerbase for how the public demo is going to shake out.

“This week has been focused on improving the player experience in the demo – that focus was based on our learnings and your feedback,” Robertson writes. “For those of you that played last weekend, you should see significant improvement in multiple areas over last week.” He also promises that this time the team will be “ready for the load [it’ll] see” with more server capacity than expected to be needed.

“If more players decide to try the game than we anticipate, we also have systems in place to control entry rates of incoming players. This is to ensure players in the game are having uninterrupted fun and to give us time to increase capacity. If you encounter this situation, we hope you’ll be patient with us and try again later.”

Moving forward, the studio says it’ll be focused on performance, stability, inscriptions, customization settings, audio, controls, and social hubs. The public demo begins tomorrow!

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Koshelkin

The added server capacity doesn’t do much as I’m still staring at the “connecting to online services” messages 10 mins later. It doesn’t bother me but, yeah, it’s exactly as I expected, too. They really need to fix this until the 22nd.

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Bannex

Lambast EA all you want (lord knows they deserve it) but it’s clear this team is really trying hard to do right with this game despite the marketing team’s effort to make it as difficult as possible to understand these wtfbbqhype demo/pseudo early access experiences.

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Armsbend

I open to any game as long as it’s great. Not at the beginning any longer though. No reason to.

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NeoWolf

Why does the following statement

“If more players decide to try the game than we anticipate, we also have systems in place to control entry rates of incoming players. This is to ensure players in the game are having uninterrupted fun and to give us time to increase capacity”.

simply make me think they will have replaced the neverending load screen with a QUEUE system lol.

I hope they get on top of it though as this game will live or die based on its server performance they need to get that worked out asap.

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Xijit

They are saying the set up a Queue system for logging into the game, so that they don’t get DDOS-ed again by the game client contentiously pinging the servers till it gets a reply.

The 95% load bug had to do with the transaction between the game handing you off between the Ft Tarsis lobby & the mission instance you were joining, not server capacity.

They have beat around the bush on just saying “the 95% load issue is something fucked up with the Demo, not the live client, and we don’t have time to fix it before the Demo becomes redundant” but that is what is up with that.

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Xijit

Progress from the VIP is supposed to carry over to the Open … Which I have mixed feelings about since I already completed all the missions, unlocked all the Javelins, and have a bunch of max value gear (the demo is capped at “Rare-19” grade gear) farmed up.

I’ll still play, because I love the game, but I have also done pretty much all there is to do in the demo.

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Armsbend

Look at this convoluted chart for a laff
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rafael12104

Heh. I’m not even sure Bioware can read that chart. I was invited to play and have access until launch. LOL!

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  • Premier subscribers, on PC, get the complete retail game on the 15th (but will lose access if they cancel their subs).
  • Standard EA access subscribers, on Xbox/PC, get a 10 hour “go anywhere/do anything” trial of the game (but that is it: no full game after that trial runs out).
  • Retail release is on the 22nd.
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    It confused me / pissed me off for a little bit, but then I stopped to think about how this release plan heavily favors PC over Console, & I am pretty ok with EA showing preferential treatment to Desktop players.

    I also am ok with EA going strong on promoting their subscription system like this, because as much as much as it is intended to lock subscribers in by yanking access to their games if the drop the sub; so to does it lock EA into not backing out on their commitment of supporting new content updates for years.

    Like, if they piss off us retail purchase players & we stop playing, then oh well because they already have our money. But if they piss off the Access subscribers & they cancel their subs, EA loses $180 a year.

    I don’t put my faith in Good Morals; I put my faith in Greed.

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    Armsbend

    It would have been cool if they had said, “if you bought this game you can all play it at the same time.” Instead we got a marketing spreadsheet.

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    Xijit

    You are not wrong, but they also needed to sweeten the pot for subscribers so that they don’t feel ripped off.

    I’m just fine with people who subscribe getting to play it a week before me over some horseshit “get 10% bonus cash shop credits” or them getting in gane stat boosts & extra mission XP.

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    Armsbend

    I guess – at the end of the day don’t subscribers just want a well made game that is popular enough to get lots of updates? That’s all I want. If you want to sweeten the pot give them some cool looking skins or something – instead of breaking up the demo like this. Dumb imho.

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    Xijit

    Completely agree / just saying I understand why the did it (but it is dumb)

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    Tobasco da Gama

    From what I can gather, this is still based off the VIP demo code branch, which is apparently several months behind the release branch. I understand why, from a technical perspective, they might want to use a stale branch for the demo, but I’m not entirely clear what value this has for me as a customer.

    On top of that, the biggest thing giving me pause about this game is the monetization, and EA (except for Battlefront 2) has a history of launching games with very little, relatively fair monetization and then slowly ratcheting things up once people get used to it and feel invested. That makes it very hard for me to buy in to a new EA game during the launch month, let alone on launch day.

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    Dug From The Earth

    Im glad you understand why, because I sure as hell dont.

    The point of a demo is to entice people into wanting to BUY the game. Using a stale, outdated version of the game for the demo, is the very opposite of that.

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    Greaterdivinity

    Oh right, open beta weekend. Guess I’ll give that a spin this weekend, but will be waiting for a bit after launch to see how it plays out regardless of how poorly/well this weekend goes.

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    rafael12104

    Yup. It will be my second pass at the game. A friend sent me an invite to play last week. A pretty cool option for early adopters to get others into the game, btw.

    No final verdict from me on if I will buy in. The last demo was hampered with many bugs, so I’m interested to see if they have resolved the login and load screen bugs. That will tell me a lot.

    When I was able to get into a mission successfully I had a good time. Near the end of the demo period, this last time, all javelins were unlocked and the game began to truly shine as roles become more defined and different playstyles became apparent.

    Look forward to more this weekend. The Warframe and Destiny comparisons are obvious, but this games verticality put it’s over the top if everything works as designed. In short, you can fly to great heights and dive down to great depths all in one move. That freedom is fantastic in normal flight and even better in combat.

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    xpsync

    I’ll get it when it goes free to play /jk

    Eventually i probably will.

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    IronSalamander8 .

    It’s hamster-ception!

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    Dug From The Earth

    MOP needs to create a special section of every article just for you, to put your amazing gifs.

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    Schlag Sweetleaf

    ty dug, but in this particular oubliette ,I would prefer to be among the general population

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    rafael12104

    That must be those virtual servers that launch on need that we have been hearing about.

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    BalsBigBrother

    It was free so I downloaded it to take a look. However from what I have seen streamed I think this will probably be the only time I play unless I have missed something huge about its game play.

    I guess it could at best be a discount purchase some time down the line if The Division 2 doesn’t pan out as my looter shooter of choice in 2019.