Anthem’s closed alpha starts next weekend - here’s how to get in

The Bio Ware crew hard at work

The release date is pinned for February 22nd, 2019 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Players of this Anthem Closed Alpha will be under an NDA which means no information/footage/imagery is permitted to be shared publicly on Twitter, YouTube, etc.

The publisher says that there will be several play sessions over the two days, so access won't be available all the time - you'll have to wait for an allotted play time.

In its closed alpha info statement EA said that while gamers can enjoy checking out Anthem, its tech guys will be "adjusting things like matchmaking and server load on the fly." .

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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). Players are reporting that recommended system requirements are given out as part of the sign-up process for the upcoming closed alpha.

You'll need to sign up by the end of December 3. Approved testers will get emailed a download link ahead of the 8 December. It seems like that has to be the project BioWare has been working on, but we may also see something like a remaster of the first game in the series. As a reminder the general release date for Anthem is 22 Feb, but this date moves forward to 15 Feb for Origin Access and EA Access members. You can learn much more about this at the EA Anthem homepage.

The timing of the news coincides with The Game Awards, which will happen on December 6, leading to speculation that the announcement may come during the event. "Everything that prevents you from loving the game becomes a task or a bug, so we know that when we finish that work, we'll have something really special".

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