UPDATE: Anthem developer BioWare has released a new update for people who played the VIP demo on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
The demo update should clear up some of the issues that plagued the orignal VIP closed beta.
The new patch weighs in at 178MB on PS4, 300MB on Xbox One and 272MB on PC. You’ll need to download it before jumping in for the second round of the Anthem test.
ORIGINAL: The Anthem open demo is about to go live on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
After a VIP demo that was plagued by loading issues and server problems, Anthem developer BioWare will be hoping things go a little more smoothly during the open demo.
The open demo runs from 5pm GMT on February 1 until the early hours of February 4 if you live in the UK.
Unlike the previous demo, this is more like an open beta that’s available even without a pre-order.
And in even better news, fans can already pre-load the Anthem demo ahead of the 5pm UK start time.
If you do download the Anthem demo ahead of release, you should note that it weighs in at around 23GB on Xbox One and roughly 26GB on PS4.
Anybody who played the VIP demo will need to install an update in order to play.
To avoid any of the issues that plagued last week’s demo, BioWare has outlined some of the changes it has planned for the beta.
“We’ve got a long list of things that were addressed during the weekend, or are being addressed for next weekend’s public demo,” reads a BioWare post.
The issues being investigated include…
• Entitlement bugs
• Server performance updates to address much of the rubber-banding
• Fixes for infinite loads and more being investigated
• Platform bugs to validate Javelin unlocks
• Client and platform login bugs
But the best news of all is that the Infinite Load isssue should be greatly improved by the time the second demo rolls around.
“We’re doing more scale testing this week, particularly to be ready for the opening rush of players on Friday, and to verify we’ve got “infinite load” problems improved, the latter of which was a primary frustration for many players.
“We’ve also been preparing for many weeks for our full launch. That version of the game already has a long list of things that are already fixed that won’t make the public demo weekend.”
In case you’ve missed out on the hype so far, Anthem is a multiplayer shooter that shares similarities with the likes of Destiny.
Developed by Mass Effect studio BioWare, the game drops players into a lush world filled with various quests and secrets.
“The heart of Anthem is a connected, social experience,” reads an EA post.
“Join with up to three other players in cooperative adventures that reward both teamwork and individual skill.
“Each player’s choice of Javelin exosuit will shape their contribution and strategic role on the team. Set out together on an expedition, or drop a contract to call in friends to assist with difficult challenges. As you explore, you will discover a gripping story filled with unique and memorable characters.”
The full game makes its PS4 and Xbox One debut on February 22.