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.

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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, ahead of its planned February 22, 2019, release.

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