Anthem has a pair of demos out this week and the week after that, kicking off for pre-order and EA Origin Access pals on January 25 and everyone else on February 1. What do you get for your gigabytes? A hopefully solid taste of Bioware back on form and ready to rock with their Destiny-killer that has you piloting advanced warsuits across hostile terrain and lighting up the land with lethal ordinance.
Basically, a taste of things to come. Here’s the catch though: That taste may differ from the main course, as Anthem’s demo is EA’s best chance at converting the sceptical to their side with a game that has been years in the making and could very much be the final straw that break’s Bioware’s back if it flops.
That’s why the Anthem demo is going for a bit of the ol’ power fantasy approach when it releases, giving players a different feel for the game as opposed to the actual product that’ll be made available. Executive producer Mark Darrah took to Twitter to detail just what exactly players can expect when they take Anthem for a spin:
In other words, it’s a demo that’ll allow you to experience Anthem as demigod. It’s a clever tactic, as having all that power in a constrained space and with enough challenge to make you feel powerful, makes for one heck of an addictive push. I can feel the dopamine in my lizard brain circulating already. Still, you might still remain steadfast in your commitment to not grab Anthem on launch, and who can blame you in this day and age where most games only reach their full potential six months after launch?
Anthem is out on February 22, roughly about the same time when my copy of Destiny 2 breaks up with me and accuses me of never paying attention to it anymore. I can’t help it, I got the seven-month itch when it comes to video games.
Last Updated: January 22, 2019