Anthem public demo dated and detailed, and it's coming sooner than you think

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After weeks of speculation, BioWare and EA have finally revealed when you will be able to get your hands on the upcoming Anthem game. Two limited-time demos will be going live across PC, PS4 and Xbox One in the next couple of weeks, and they will be your only opportunity to give the upcoming online-RPG a try for yourself ahead of its official release this February. 

If you’ve already put your faith in BioWare and have your pre-order locked and loaded – or if you’re an EA/Origin Access subscriber – you’ll be able to access the Anthem VIP demo on Friday, January 25. This will only be live for the weekend, as the servers are planned to shut down Sunday, January 27. Should you find the time to jump into the fray, BioWare will gift you an exclusive in-game item that can be used in the final release. 

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For those of you still on the fence, a free Anthem demo will go live on Friday, February 1 with the servers due to shut down on Sunday, February 3. BioWare has already confirmed that players will start the session at level 10 and you will have the opportunity to push up to level 15 before hitting the cap. 

It is worth noting, however, that progress from both of the play sessions will not carry over to the main game. Still, the Anthem demos will give you the chance to play a good cross-section of content. You’ll be able to sample a variety of mission types in two of the Javelin suits; you’ll have an opportunity to explore a part of the open-world, begin to investigate RPG-hub Fort Tarsis and even take on one of the strongholds – should you and your friends reach the necessary level to take on Anthem’s super tough dungeons. 

Anthem is a big departure from the single-player RPGs that BioWare is famous for creating, so the public demo really is a fantastic opportunity to sample the game for yourself ahead of its launch on the 22 February, 2019.

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