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Now Playing: Anthem VIP Demo Gameplay Live

BioWare has announced two demos for Anthem, and the first--the VIP demo--launches for select players this weekend. The second demo will be open for all, and will launch closer to Anthem's release date. [Update: The VIP demo has now concluded, and as you may have heard, it suffered from some serious server issues that also ended up impacting other EA games. This first demo has now ended, but a second, open demo is coming later this week that will be open to everyone; it runs from February 1-3. EA and BioWare say that many problems will be resolved for this upcoming session.]

Regardless of whether you plan on playing the VIP or free demo, you can pre-load the client right now. It's a 26GB download on consoles and 44GB on PC. You can get an idea of what to expect in our new features on what it's like to play Anthem and what we know about Anthem's endgame.

The VIP demo is available for anyone who pre-orders Anthem or is an EA or Origin Access subscriber. You don't have to go it alone either, as getting access to the VIP demo nets you three free invites you can send to others. In order to refer a friend, just download the demo, install it, and launch. Then, go to the "refer a friend" tab to receive a unique link you can send to someone else.

According to VG247, your friends don't even have to use the same system as you. An Xbox One player can send a free invite to someone to use on PS4 or PC, for example. However, Anthem does not support cross-system play. If you want to play with your friends, you'll need to tell them to use their free invite on the same system you're using.

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The VIP Anthem demo goes live on Friday, January 25 at 9AM PT / 10AM ET / 5PM UK. It ends Sunday, January 27 at 6PM PT / 9PM ET, which is January 28 at 2AM in the UK. The follow-up free demo will be February 1-3, and begin and end at the same times as the VIP demo. Anthem is an always online game, so you'll need an internet connection to play either demo, as well as Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus if you're planning on playing on Xbox One or PS4.

Both Anthem demos are identical in content, so you won't miss out on much playing the second free one. You'll start at level 10 about halfway through Anthem's campaign, and have access to the Ranger with the choice to unlock another Javelin of your choice. Your character will be able to go up to level 15, and you'll be able to explore the world, as well as complete a story mission and a stronghold. Any progress you make in the VIP demo carries over into the free demo, but neither one will carry over into the main game. However, playing the VIP demo will unlock a free gift in the main game at launch.

Anthem releases on February 22 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. If you have EA Access, you can play the Xbox One and PC version on February 15.

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darks88

I don't know where you guys are getting your info from, but the PC demo is 43.9 Gb in size. It is not 26 GB!!

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lhughey

I don't pay for demos. Doesn't "demo" by definition mean try before you purchase?

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scatterbrain007

@lhughey: Yeah, they're screwing over the console players like always. Here's a free demo for you, oh but it's behind a paywall of course. It's truly a dick move.

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scatterbrain007

@groaningdood: The "free" demo is stuck behind a paywall. Therefore it is not exactly free at all. People that don't have Gold or Plus are SOL. It's only truly free for PC players.

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scatterbrain007

@groaningdood: The free demo isn't free, that's where I'm going, and already went with that. Everyone should be able to try it out whether they pay for a multiplayer service or not.

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scatterbrain007

@groaningdood: Ha! Yeah that's exactly what I said. Just nevermind.

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snugglebear

What are ya picking for your second javelin? I'm thinking Colossus.

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scootersgaming

Pre order Mass Effect Andromeda!

Pre order Division!

Pre order No Man’s Sky!

Pre order Fallout 76!!

Ha ha ha. Never ever going to pay before reviews are out. Developers lie.

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MarcRecon

Well, I'm glad they are giving us a demo because I'm still not sure about Anthem!!!

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Pongman75

What scares me about this game is it looks really, really good. With the Javelins and all the other bells and whistles, I just dont see this game having enough content for me. I hope I'm wrong.

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off3nc3

@pongman75: The end-game is as bare bones as it gets , no PvP and by the looks of it all the missions are instanced atleast that's how it was in the 1st Alpha I got to play and there was no free roam either.

The Destiny series is miles ahead compared to what we've seen so far in Anthem content wise.

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darks88

@off3nc3: No one gives a crap about PVP, u want that go play Fortnite!

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off3nc3

@darks88: Since when is that zoomer trash called a PvP game ? I think you are confusing survival BR to a competitive matchmake based on KDR. Any shooter/3d person shooter out there on the market has a PvP game mode implemented from the get go.

And yea everybody cares about PvP and being competitive not all of us are carebear snowflakes son.

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darks88

@off3nc3: And you would be full of it too. I happen to know a lot of people who dont like PVP and want nothing to do with it.

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ccgod

@off3nc3: PVP is going to be implemented later there was free roam in the closed alpha..... end game has masterwork quests that say it has parts to and that each part is randomly generated so it'll be a few before you get repeats. They also haven't shown the storms or whatever they're called that was shown in the first trailer that is also part of the end game. It has raids and other dungeons and they anthem will change the entire or most of map every so often because it will change the world.

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darks88

@ccgod: No, its not! I happen to know that for a fact. Bioware has no intentions of putting in PVP. They will not add it unless the demand for it is overwhelming, and I can pretty much bet you now it wont be!

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ccgod

@darks88: Even though it's in several videos, tweets, and posts by them that pvp will be added after launch....

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darks88

@ccgod: Sorry, again you are so wrong! I know some people who work on this game and happen to know for a fact that there is no PVP at all in the works. Live with disappointment, because you wont be seeing it for a very long time if at all.

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ccgod

@darks88: oo right you just know people they work on the game rightttt......

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darks88

@ccgod: Keep showing us your stupidity. Belive me or not I really don't give a shit, your delusional and that's a fact punk!!

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ccgod

@darks88: nope I know even more people working on it then you and they said pvp is coming

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off3nc3

@ccgod:

Might have missed the free roam in my 5 hours played , there we're huge server dc's and the matchmaking had serious issues. I don't know how I feel about it , I might dip in the demo and give it another shot but im on the FENCE truly because of the Division 2.

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ccgod

@off3nc3: It was definitely in there lol and yea the servers normally suck in alphas and betas lol and division 2 is a total turn off to me since graphics were heavily turned down and the game was supposed to be all of new york city with an operation center in each borough. Not 1/5 of Manhattan was a total disappointment.

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NSA_Protocol44

Anthem needs a Content pass that gives each month new content so we don't get bored. That's what killed Destiny.

The Content pass must be priced so that it's reasonable. Its like we give them money and they pump out content each month.

That's the only way these kinda games will survive for the long run and keeps the devs motivated.

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Atzenkiller

@nsa_protocol44: And what kind of content do you expect to receive each month? A short story mission? Creating any decent content takes time and if they were going to release something worth mentioning every single month, then they would charge you a lot of money for that. Like at least $120 for the season pass alone.

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darks88

@Atzenkiller: There wont be contented added each month, but the plan is to add a couple of large major content addons per year.

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Atzenkiller

@darks88: I know. I was replying to the guy above who was expecting monthly content at a reasonable price. You just gotta look at Destiny to know how it will turn out: content released every few months that only lasts a few hours, but that they charge at least twice as much for as you'd usually pay for something of that size.

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Pongman75

@nsa_protocol44: and weekly communication podcasts with players to make changes and set development goals. It would earn players respect and dedication I think.

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ccgod

@nsa_protocol44: All story DLC will be free to everyone also the way they're working the anthem of creation is that they alter the maps so every few months or couple months the map or parts of the map could be completely different

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shamatuu257

"Anthem is an always online game, so you'll need an internet connection to play either demo, as well as Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus if you're planning on playing on Xbox One or PS4." Well good way to start a triple A game that has EA in the progress of any game. EA has a bad rep and this is the best it can do? What a joke this game will be.They basically giving us the middle finger who doesn't the right services. I thought it wasn't requirement?. SO wtf is this?.

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Leeric420

@shamatuu257: Lol what are you even trying to say?

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ccgod

@shamatuu257: PC master race lol don't no sub needed.

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Thanatos2k

@ccgod: But then you have to use Origin. It's almost as bad.

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TheEternalGamer

@Fr0z1ndude: No excuse. I have five kids.

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RagnarokTH

heard that the game makes you feel like Iron man in some ways, if that's the case I'm so buying this

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Pongman75

@ragnarokth: me too, just hope theres enough content to Iron Man in lol

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ccgod

@ragnarokth: yea pretty much iron man suits lol

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DarkRikuShadow

This game has been looking interesting to me i'm still on the fence about it.

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