BioWare's Anthem Getting Two Demos Before Release; New Trailer Debuts

Double demos.

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Now Playing: Anthem - Official Trailer | The Game Awards 2018

BioWare has announced that Anthem, its upcoming sci-fi action game, will have multiple demos ahead of its release for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on February 22, 2019. Detailed alongside its appearance at The Game Awards, where a new trailer was shared, the first of these is a VIP demo that will be available to pre-order customers from January 25 until January 27.

The second demo will be available to everyone from February 1 until February 3. Speaking to GameSpot, Anthem's lead producer clarified that these are not betas for the game. Instead they are a slice of the game taken from the middle and, as such, as intended to give players a sense of how they play.

Although it's not a beta, players should not expect their progression to carry over to the main game when it becomes available. When asked about the length of demo and the missions contained within it, Gamble did not provide any details, saying that the content was still being finalized.

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In early November rumors were circulating that suggested EA and BioWare were thinking about delaying Anthem. However, executive producer Mark Darrah took to Twitter to re-state Anthem is on schedule for February 22, 2019.

Anthem casts players as Freelancers, who are soldiers that are outfitted with Javelins. They look like Tony Stark's Iron Man outfits and, if we're honest, seem to behave like them too. That's not a criticism, as it enables players to take to the skies and fly around open-environments, then plunge themselves underwater and explore sea caves, getting into combat and using unique abilities to take out their enemies.

If you signed up for the Anthem alpha test and were successful, you should be able to play the game from December 8-9. As previously detailed, the test will not be available for the entirety of that period, and instead there will be "multiple sessions" spread across the weekend.

Beyond Anthem, BioWare has teased that it is working on the future of Mass Effect. On top of that, BioWare's Casey Hudson previously said it is preparing reveal its plans for the Dragon Age series. He specifically said it would be in December, so fans were expecting some new about it at The Game Awards.

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Iordanis1278

I am a little confused, will anthem be playable as a single player game or it will only

be multiplayer?

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GoingPewPew

I've played the closed alpha this weekend. I went in not expecting anything and without any judgements. The game that I play was simply put bad.

Graphically it was underwhelming , but OK it's an alpha. Frostbite is nothing if not capable of making a nice looking game.

The enemies were boring and not fun to fight against. You had ash scorpions and some humanoids which name I didn't remember. Think they were scrappers. There are normal scrappers, bomb scrappers and a big one that is mostly vulnerable from behind. Then there are dragon like things that spit fire and blow up when you kill them. The AI is nonexistent.

Shooting was underwhelming as well. Seeing as you're in a mech suit I would expect really hard hitting weapons but I had a machine gun with a 40bullets clip that had no impact whatsoever. The special attack with the rockets is just pressing a button and the game auto lock to everything in sight.

Movement on the ground is OK but the flying was super weird. There is a reticle in the middle of the screen and you fly with small mouse adjustments but you quickly move the mouse too much. You can modify the sensitivity in options but I never got it to how I liked it. I switched to a controller and it was much better and very fluid but then I couldn't aim for poop. But the game has a very generous auto aim so even I was getting kills.

The world seemed pretty big but completly empty and uninteresting. I know it's an alpha and almost all of the areas are locked. But what was in the game was just boring. I flew around and that was it.

I played the game for a few hours and then I couldn't play anymore because I was way too bored.

I know people don't like Destiny but these two games will be compared. I played D1 and D2 and they were both superior in gameplay, feeling and excitment to this alpha. I don't think Bioware will be able to make this game as good as it should be for me to buy it.

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Atzenkiller

The game is supposed to come out in less than 3 months and it's still in alpha stage?

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VakarianGirl

I'm......*almost* interested. But - nah. I'll pass. Currently. If it's a big surprise w/r/t the story and narration, I may reconsider after it releases.

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jaykobwerdnahs

This looks awesome. Can't wait.

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lionheartssj1

Bring back the demos!