Anthem is added to the list of free games for EA Access subscribers

    
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It continues to appear that a sword of Damocles with an EA logo emblazoned on it hangs over the head of Anthem. After a stumbling start off of the blocks and updates that apparently have not drummed up a huge level of interest, the looter shooter wearing a robot suit is effectively going free-to-play for those subscribed to EA Access and Origin Access.

The freebie edition of the game is the standard version, though members of the Premier version of Origin Access on PC will get the Legion of Dawn edition, which packs in some extra armor for the game’s four Javelin suits.

The decision to make Anthem free for EA Access members is just another hit to confidence in the game’s longevity and seems to fly in the face of reported assurances that the shooter remains supported by both EA and BioWare: Readers will recall that EA CEO Andrew Wilson stated in June that he expects the dev team to achieve “something special and something great,” while BioWare’s Casey Hudson has assured players that the team is working on updates and crucial improvements.

In spite of all the concern over Anthem’s health, our Not So Massively columnist found the Cataclysm update to be pretty good, and the game does certainly continue to crank out updates. We’ll all just have to keep our eyes peeled in the meantime.

source: Polygon
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Ben Stone

The latest update was pretty fun *shrug*

Also wasn’t the premier sub only for brand new stuff? Its not brand new anymore so not surprising they moved it to the regular one.

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Roger Melly

Will return to origin access for this , vampyr and frostpunk .

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Drago

Well if you have to PAY for the sub, it’s not a ‘FREE GAME’..

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Mewmew

I’m so confused. I thought Anthem always was part of EA / Origin Access?

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Koshelkin

It was part of the premier access(14, 99$/mo) now it’s part of the basic access(3,99$/mo). The move isn’t surprising because only the most recent EA games are on premier(and a selection of third-party game).

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rafael12104

Well, it was inevitable. I’m not surprised by the move and I think that most people still playing the game won’t care. I don’t. The fact that now it is open to all EA access for free is not going to change much.

Will it bring new players into the game? Well, the game is better now than it was at launch, and it is getting better. So, I think it will bring new players to the game. But it will not be significant.

What Anthem needs to do is complete the game including all the features that were originally planned and add new serialized content drops enhance the story and the feature set.

After that a new PR campaign.

The game will survive either way. The question is, will money be invested in the game to make it what it was supposed to be? Or will it be another arcade game with no updates just to fill up a list of offerings on EA access?

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Vincent Clark

“and the game does certainly continue to crank out updates.”

The game was released in an unfinished state so it kind of makes that statement irrelevant. How long have they been playing “catch up” with those updates before they actually got to the point they were releasing new/promised content?

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rosieposie

This train wreck is not worth the developer time. The manpower would be better used anywhere else.

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Godnaz

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Looking forward to adding it to my Origin account for free in 3-6months. Will it get played? Doubt it.

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3dom

You won’t even get Mass Effect Andromeda for free – despite its official death 2 years ago.

So far the only game I got for free on Origins was Sims 4 – a game with almost 30 DLCs which cost like a full-blown fresh AAA release, each.

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agemyth 😩

Publishers adding bigger name and recent games to their subscription services is not a bad thing. Microsoft’s Game Pass sub comes with all of their first-party titles on day one of their release.

Subscriptions are the big thing right now to money people, so I see this as more of a sign of confidence that Anthem is in a better state for them to lower the barrier to entry for.

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Ian Wells

EA don’t play that way. This is the company famous for never decreasing the cost of any game, no matter how old it is. If they have decreased the price to ostensively free to play, they are just trying to recoup their losses by hoping it might sell a couple subs for few months.

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Ben Stone

It was on the sub from day one, thats how I’ve had access to it. Now its just on the cheaper tier of sub.

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Kayweg

Well that deteriorated fast.