The Anthem VIP demo - and regular demo - comes instead of what most expected to be a beta and gives you and early look at BioWare's upcoming space shooter.
Here, we'll detail how to access the Anthem VIP demo and regular demo, along with any other important bits of info worth knowing.
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Anthem VIP Demo and Open Demo dates
There are three dates you need to bear in mind (it's never easy with EA launches...):
- Anthem VIP Demo start date and end date - Friday, January 25th to Sunday, January 27th
- Anthem Open Demo start date and end date - Friday, February 1st to Sunday, February 3rd
- Anthem release date - Friday, 22nd February 2019
Accessing the VIP Demo is a different case to accessing the regular open demo a few days later so, if you want to play as soon as possible, here are the various methods for each - there's no news on exact start and end times for now either, but we'll update this page if and when they're announced.
How to access the Anthem VIP Demo and Open Demo
There are two demos then, and they're accessed in different ways. First up, the earlier VIP Demo.
How to access the Anthem VIP Demo
There are three ways you can access the VIP Demo. You must either:
- Pre-order Anthem; or
- Be an EA Access subscriber; or
- Be an Origin Access subscriber at the time of the VIP Demo
If you're an Origin Access or EA Access subscriber, or if you pre-ordered via the Origin, Xbox, or PlayStation stores, you'll already be automatically registered for the VIP Demo and won't need a code. The VIP Demo itself is downloaded via the Origin, Xbox or PlayStation store, where you then just need to sign into it with your EA account.
Note that if you pre-ordered by any other means, you'll need to enter a code to access the demo - EA's advice is to contact the retailer you pre-ordered from to receive the code.
Finally, it's worth noting that you'll get an "exclusive in-game item" of some kind to show you participated in the VIP demo, too.
How to access the Anthem Open Demo
The Open Demo for Anthem is exactly that: completely open to anyone. It's a classic, old-school demo - simply head to your digital store of choice, search for it, and download to crack on. Remember that it's only available during those above dates, though!
What will the Anthem Demo be like?
Specifics have been few-and-far between, as they were during the alpha too, although with developer BioWare describing the earlier closed Alpha periods as "more limited than what we want to share in the pre-launch demos", we can at least expect a little more than what some players saw then, and have been seeing from the small trickle of alpha gameplay popping up online.
BioWare has also been showing glimpses of the game as part of community live streams and new promoted video coverage, including the game's hub, NPCs and available missions. Arekkz shows some example clips of this in his Alpha explainer video below:
It's an online game, so of course you'll need an internet connection - and on consoles, Xbox Live and PSN subscriptions - to play, and EA has mentioned that you'll be taking "the Ranger and one other javelin for a test run", so it looks like you won't be able to test all of them in the one Demo, but will be able to try out more than just that classic Iron Man-style Ranger class.
In the meantime, there's plenty to learn about Anthem if you haven't heard about it already. Our video below shows it better than we can but in short - it looks like a cross between Destiny, Warframe and Titanfall, with some BioWare storytelling thrown into the mix.
That's our best guess anyway - whether it lives up to the comparisons remains to be seen. Guess you'll have to play the Anthem Demo to find out!
Additional writing by Matthew Reynolds.