The Anthem open demo – following the earlier VIP demo – comes instead of what most expected to be a beta and gives you and early look at BioWare’s upcoming space shooter, regardless of whether you’ve pre-ordered or not.
Here, we’ll detail how to access the Anthem demo, which is nice and simple, along with any other important bits of info worth knowing.
If you missed the VIP demo 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!
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Anthem Demo dates, start time and how to access the Open Demo
Now that the VIP Demo’s out of the way (that took part over the weekend of the 25th-27th January), things are a little more simple. There are still plenty of different dates you can play it, but in terms of the next occasion, the Open Demo, here are the start and end dates to bear in mind:
- Anthem Open Demo start date and end date – Friday, February 1st to Sunday, February 3rd
The Anthem Open Demo start time is the same as it was for the VIP Demo:
- UK: 5pm (GMT)
- Europe: 6pm (CET)
- East Coast US: 12pm (EDT)
- West Coast US: 9am (PDT)
Likewise, the Anthem Open demo end time is expected to be the same as it was for the VIP Demo, barring any changes:
- UK: 2am, Monday 4th February (GMT)
- Europe: 3am, Monday 4th February (CET)
- East Coast US: 9pm (EDT)
- West Coast US: 6am (PDT)
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 (here’s a link to the PS4 Store, Xbox Store and Origin Store), search for it, and download to crack on. Remember that it’s only available during those above dates, though: EA and BioWare didn’t extend the VIP Demo either, even after a full day of technical issues at the start, so don’t expect those dates to budge!
Aside from this upcoming open Demo, you actually have two other chances to play Anthem early, ahead of its full release date – more on that below.
How to play Anthem early, and the Anthem release date
Aside from the Demo, you can also play Anthem early by subscribing to one of EA’s multiple ‘Access’ subscriptions. Here’s how:
- 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.
What will the Anthem Open Demo be like?
It looks like the Anthem Open Demo is going to be a continuation of what was in the VIP one, with progress from the VIP demo confirmed to be carrying over to the Open Demo too,if you took part in it.
Otherwise, you’ll be level 10 at first, with something of a vertical slice of the game available to you: some freeroam areas, a variety of missions, the main Fort Tarsis hub area, and a pretty full range of customisation options for your Javelin.
On the question of available Javelins, just the two were available in the VIP Demo until the final day, where all four were made available to players – if you played in the VIP Demo then all four will be available to you again in the Open Demo, but it looks like it’s only for those VIP players:
BioWare has also been showing glimpses of the game as part of community live streams and new promoted video coverage from back before the Demos, including the game’s hub, NPCs and available missions. Arekkz shows some example clips of this in his Alpha explainer video below, if you’ve yet to take a look at what’s in store:
Otherwise, the usual things apply: it’s an online game, so of course you’ll need an internet connection – and on consoles, Xbox Live and PSN subscriptions – to play.
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 plays like a cross between Destiny, Warframe and Titanfall, with some BioWare storytelling thrown into the mix.
Whether it lives up to the comparisons for you personally remains to be seen. Guess you’ll have to play the Anthem Demo to find out!
Additional writing by Matthew Reynolds.
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