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The highly anticipated new RPG from Bioware will give players a chance to try it before launch. Following the less than glowing response to Mass Effect: Andromeda people might be feeling a little gun-shy about jumping into the company's newest AAA title. However, it seems that the studio is feeling confident that if people actually play Anthem, they'll want to own it. Today, Bioware announced that Anthem will see some limited alphas and betas, but those will take place prior to a demo going live for VIP members on February 1, 2019, and then opening up to everybody after that. Anthem lead producer Mike Gamble was clear that the demo will be a real demo of the final game, not a pre-release version of the title. According to Gamble...

The demo is [a] demo. It's not a tech test. It's not a beta that comes out three weeks before the game where 'you're feedback [is wanted].' No, this is the game and we hope you love it.

At a press conference that took place ahead of Bioware's panel on Anthem at PAX West 2018, developers announced that on February 1, 2019 subscribers to EA Access, both basic and premier levels, as well as anybody who has pre-ordered Anthem will get access to the VIP demo. However, after a limited run of that, the demo will be available for anybody to check out on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, or PC. While there will be alphas and betas of Anthem as well, it doesn't sound like any of them will be "open," so the demo will be the time that most people will have a chance to see what the new title has to offer.

This is great news for anybody who is looking forward to Anthem but is maybe worried about investing in the title without actually getting their hands on it first. Anthem is promising a lot. It looks to create a single-player RPG in the Bioware tradition with a deep and engaging storyline, while setting it inside a multiplayer world where you can go on missions with your friends. That's a potentially difficult balance to achieve and if they succeed Anthem could very likely create the sort of world that keeps players interested for the next several years. But, if it doesn't work people could be investing their time and money into something that doesn't live nearly as long.

There's a lot that we still don't know about Anthem, its characters, and its story, but that's just another reason why we'll want to get our hands on that demo February 1st. The other thing this announcement does is seemingly confirm that Bioware isn't expecting any delays to the final game itself, which is currently scheduled for release on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC February 22, 2019.

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