'Anthem': Here's How to Play Early, Plus Open Beta Dates

With our first look at the bigger story in the upcoming BioWare title Anthem, fans are getting [...]

With our first look at the bigger story in the upcoming BioWare title Anthem, fans are getting impatient for the new IP's February release! With a daunting enemy ahead and a stunning open world to explore, the excitement is understandable! Luckily, there are a few ways to play the game early!

For those that already have their Closed Alpha codes, that play period will begin on December 8 and will end on the 9th. After that wraps, BioWare is done testing the game and wants to simply offer a demo. Two, in fact.

The first is the VIP demo which will only be available to those that pre-ordered the title. In addition to being able to play the game early, those that pre-ordered will also have an exclusive in-game item waiting for them to show off that they were among the first to get their hands on the online game. For VIP access, those dates are January 25 - 27.

Following the VIP demo, a separate one will become available for all. From February 1 through the 3rd, players will be able to take part in the open demo to see exactly who BioWare's open-world MMORPG works.

As for the game itself, the most recent trailer - seen above - gives us what many fans were hoping to see: the actual story. Just like every tale, their must be a foe and this was our first chance at seeing the big bad 'The Monitor' lead his militaristic troops of the Dominion into battle.

When we had a chance to interview producer Mike Gamble earlier today, he mentioned that The Monitor is the perfect sociopath - truly believing his path of chaos and destruction is the best path for all.

The latest reveal also showed off a more human side to the characters we will meet. Though live-action thrilling gameplay is amazing, BioWare is known for their ability to craft a tale that means something. To see that same touch in Anthem is reassuring to many that still had their doubts about the online game, and it's certainly given us a lot to look forward to.

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