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All Anthem versions and what you get

Anthem is an upcoming shared world third-person shooter from BioWare. BioWare is the studio behind famous franchises like Dragon Age and Mass Effect. Anthem is expected to launch on February 22, 2019, but that hasn't stopped the developer from releasing new details about the project.

Aside from featuring a plethora of content at launch, Anthem should get new cosmetic items, creatures, and even regions after launch. While the "VIP Demo" was somewhat of a disaster, it seems like Anthem's troubles are far from over. Yesterday, some troubling questions about pay-to-win microtransactions were found inside an EA questionnaire, today, the publisher tried to explain its convoluted early access system.

This chart represents who will get early access to the game, who can play a free trial, and when the game launches for different consumers. It seems that gamers who choose to pay EA even more — Origin Access Premier on PC — will be able to unlock the full game on February 15. This seems incredible unfair because some people on Xbox One are buying the top-of-the-line edition.

There was a time when buying a game wasn't this convoluted and strange. Hopefully EA will reconsider its stance and give everyone who purchases Anthem — at least a high-end edition — early access to the full game. Are you interested in Anthem even after the disastrous VIP Demo? Let us know. There is another open demo taking place in February which will hopefully ease concerns for console players who had to suffer through various issues.

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

10 Comments
  • Seems pretty straightforward to me. If you have Access you get the 10hr trial (Xbox) or the full game (PC) a week early. Otherwise you get it on launch day. That's how it is for every EA game, nothing special about this one.
  • Never a time when the ambitions of AAA game companies don't yield this kind of madness
  • IMO, Ridiculous! I mean.. what's the point?
  • Basically they've realized that the time of hostile consumer practices like micro-transactions are coming to and end. As a result they want to push you over on the subscription model instead.
  • This has been the case since EA/Origin Access became a thing, how is it difficult to understand. If you are a regular subscriber, you get to trial new games prior to the sale date (this has always been the case), if you are a premium subscriber on PC you get to play the full retail game early, which is something everyone does, Microsoft included (I don't personally agree with giving early access to people who spend more money, but companies are free to approach their business as they wish)..
  • I agree with the comments it's normal stuff. I think it's unfair of the article to say it's "pay to win" it seems like the author is trying to stir up a commotion which is dumb. The bottom line is its faster and easier to publish a game to a service you own vs one you don't. PS and XB both have game certing processes (rightfully so) that prevent stuff from going out quickly. That is why PC gamers generally get updates first or have beta testing servers and such for games.
  • it's pay to win sooner
  • This "Early Access" translated means "you are going to get the game later unless you pay more"
  • so on the 15th you can play 10 hrs and then what? it drops your connection?
  • Basically it comes up with a message saying "your free trial has run out if you want to purchase this game then blah". It's a demo, like how demos used to be (sans the time limit aspect), back when they existed. In the case of single player experiences (like Dragon Age) it is also not the full game, but a portion, although I doubt that is how Anthem will do it, unless they only open up a select few expeditions, like with the Beta.