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

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.