Anthem Closed Alpha Sign-Ups Begin; Test Starts Very Soon


Anthem is set to launch on February 22.

As outlined on EA's website, the test will be quite brief-it'll run from December 8-9, though it'll be available on all three of the game's platforms: PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Anthem, of course, took the lion's share of the discussion, with the game past its alpha milestone and now in the hands of the developers for what Hudson calls their "play from home" phase. We're not sure exactly what will be included in the alpha, but EA says it's "an opportunity for you to check out Anthem but we'll also be adjusting things like matchmaking and server load on the fly". Multiple sessions will be spread across the two days, and those who make it into the alpha can participate in one or all of them.

EA has announced that Anthem is coming to Alpha soon.

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If you're keen to test the game - a sci-fi online co-op shooter, which is something very different for Bioware - then you can sign up here via the EA Community Playtesting Hub (you'll need an EA account). Approved testers will get emailed a download link ahead of the 8 December. They're keeping tight-lipped on details for the moment, but BioWare's General Manager Casey Hudson has indicated that series fans can expect some new details by the end of the year. "Late in a project, when the game is good enough and finished enough to really enjoy it as a complete experience, we enable it to be played at home by our developers. What carries forward is what we learn about game design, which is a constant evolution".

Still no confirmed date for Alpha, but anyway, the new gameplay trailer for Anthem will be revealed in The Game Awards 2018, so probably EA will also unveil the launching date for Anthem Alpha.