Anthem Closed Alpha kicks off next week, sign-ups now live
Electronic Arts has provided the first details on Anthem's Closed Alpha test, commencing next week.
With 2018's biggest titles now on shelves, the focus is shifting to what lies ahead. Electronic Arts' upcoming shared-world shooter, Anthem is slated for a February 22, 2018 debut, promising cooperative class-based gameplay in a vast open world. While details on the title are limited, the publisher is already gearing up for the game's first hands-on opportunity.
Anthem's Closed Alpha is set for next week, from December 8 to December 9, spanning Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs. Unlike previously-announced "pre-launch" demos, these will be "more limited," focusing on networking and stability. The test will be limited to invited players, with a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) enforced to prevent sharing. Four three-hour sessions are planned for the period, with registration via the EA Community Playtesting sign-up page.
For those unable to participate in Anthem's Closed Alpha, pre-launch demo plans are also outlined. The first demo is scheduled for February 1, 2019, with access via preorders, EA Access, Origin Access, and other sign-up portals.
In the meantime, Anthem is available for preorder starting at $59.99 (opens in new tab), ahead of its planned February 22, 2019, release.
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Seriously, if it's a stability and network test then why ram NDAs down players throats. EA can shove that NDA where the sun doesn't shine. I was really excited about Anthem, now no longer. It's apparent EA aren't going to change ever. The only purchase they will get from me is a £1 pre-owned purchase.
No. I am voting with my wallet and voicing my opinion against NDAs on simple network tests. The only way gamers can affect change is through our wallets and voicing our opinions. Yes, it's an Alpha but it's EA and given they are forcing NDAs. It means who ever spends their hard earned money will have a crappy experience if EA doesn't fixes the issues raised by the players. Plus I don't need to point EA's track records with launches.