Anthem Early Access - following the earlier demos - is the final chance to get playing BioWare's upcoming space shooter ahead of the full release, regardless of whether you've pre-ordered or not.
Here, we'll detail the Anthem Early Access start times worldwide, as well as how to get Early Access to Anthem and details on when you can preload Anthem Early Access, too.
If you missed the Demos, then once you're loading in be sure to give our Anthem tips, tricks and things to know guide a quick read for a handy head-start in getting primed for action, otherwise we have a full Anthem guide list of all our in-depth explainers further down below!
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Anthem Early Access start time and how to get Early Access
Now that the two Demos are out of the way, it's just the final Early Access period to go before the game's full launch. Here's a quick reminder of how Early Access works for different platforms and subscribers, and how you can get it:
- Anthem Early Access - full game (PC only): 15th February. Requires an Origin Access Premier subscription.
- Anthem Early Access - 10 hours (PC and Xbox Only): 15th February. Requires an EA Access or Origin Access Basic subscription.
- Anthem Full Release Date (all platforms): 22nd February.
Anthem Early Access start times
Early Access, for both Origin Access Premier and EA Access / Origin Access Basic subscribers, goes live on Friday 15th February at the following times simultaneously worldwide:
- UK: 3pm (GMT)
- Europe: 4pm (CET)
- East Coast US: 10am (EDT)
- West Coast US: 7am (PDT)
Remember that only Origin Access Premier subscribers, on PC, will have access to the full game from this date and time. Others in Early Access - using EA Access or Origin Access Basic - will have 10 hours of playtime before they're cut off, and can then resume playing again from the full release date on the 22nd.
Your progress will carry over regardless - as long as you're playing on the same platform of course - so either way it's a good chance to get a head start on the grind.
Anthem Early Access preload times
Preloads are a bit all over the place for Anthem, thanks to the various differences in when and how you can play the game across different platforms.
For PC players and Xbox players, the Early Access preloads should be live right now, so you can get downloading right away before the game goes live later on.
For PS4 players, you won't be able to play until the full release date on the 22nd February, and there's no confirmation just yet on when full-game preloads will go live.
Looking for more explainers? Our Anthem tips page will get you off to a flyer, or read more about the Anthem demo start date and early access in our dedicated page, or go in-depth with our explainers on Anthem classes and Colossus, Storm, Interceptor and Ranger builds, an in-depth look at Combos, Primers and Detonators and Elemental Effects and debuffs explained, or specific advice on how to unlock new Javelins and switch Javelin, and how to Deactivate the Barrier for the Triple Threat puzzle solution in that pesky early mission.
Anthem guide - list of all our Anthem guides so far
We've been putting together a series of guides based on our time with the various Anthem demos - and some time at a preview event of the early and late game recently too - so here's a quick rundown of all the Anthem guides we have available so far, which should leave you very well prepared for what's in store in the full game:
- Anthem tips, tricks and things to know for the Demo
- Anthem classes and builds - Colossus, Storm, Interceptor, Ranger abilities and builds
- Anthem Combos, Primers and Detonators explained - how to Combo, list of Combo attacks
- Anthem Elements and Elemental Effects explained - what Fire, Ice, Electric, Acid debuffs do
- Anthem Javelin unlocks explained - how to switch Javelins and unlock more
- Anthem Deactivate the Barrier solution - how to solve the Triple Threat puzzle
Give those a look over if you want to dive a little deeper into the game's systems, but otherwise - once the game's live - have fun!