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Anthem Closed Alpha Running December 8-9

It's server stress-testing time!

by Jacob Bukacek


EA and Bioware are running a series of Anthem Closed Alpha sessions next weekend. Starting on December 8 and running through the next day, a select few players across the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One platforms will have several chances to see the game for themselves and put it through its paces. It’s not a very long period to be sure, but then this is just supposed to be a test.

Gaining access to the Anthem Closed Alpha is actually a rather straight-forward process. All one has to do is go to the official registration page and follow the steps to sign up. The deadline to sign up is fast approaching too; those interested need to make sure to get their name in there before December 3. Eager fans should note that signing up is the only way to participate in this. Pre-ordering Anthem and/or having EA/Origin Access does not automatically get one access to this closed alpha.

Also, be aware that closed alpha tests are much more limited in scope than open betas, and the Anthem Closed Alpha is no different. Signing up doesn’t guarantee a spot, and there are other restrictions. Still, it’s not every day that one gets to try something at this stage of development. This could be a great opportunity for those interested in seeing what playing Anthem is like for themselves; just remember to take it all with a grain of salt. This is an alpha after all, so it’s  likely players will only see a very small slice of the full game.

After seeing all the trouble Fallout 76 has gotten into thanks to its less than stellar launch state, it’s encouraging to see EA and Bioware taking steps to make sure Anthem will at least work at launch. One would want such steps would be standard practice, but it seems that’s just not the world we live in at the moment.

Anthem launches for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on February 22, 2019.

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