BioWare's Anthem will get a beta ahead of release

BioWare's upcoming sci-fi shooter Anthem will give players an opportunity to help squash some bugs ahead of its release.

During this year's E3 conference, BioWare took the wraps off of Anthem, an open world online shooter. While the game is still a long way from launch, Anthem Game Director Jonathan Warner has confirmed that players will be able to get a little hands on time with a beta ahead of release.

Given the preponderance of beta tests for online games nowadays, that shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. And given the fact that Anthem looks to be taking a whole lot of inspiration from Destiny, BioWare will likely want to make sure things are as close to perfect ahead of launch to avoid any unflattering comparisons. That's doubly true following the studio's recent troubles with the prominent Mass Effect: Andromeda.

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What remains to be seen is whether this will be a true beta test in search of bugs, or simply a promotional deal to let gamers play Anthem early. When responding to a followup question on Twitter, Warner said it's "too soon for details" over whether the beta will be a trial through EA access or a separate beta.

EA and Bioware have yet to state a specific release date for Anthem, but the game is expected to arrive sometime during fall of 2018.

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