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Anthem’s first alpha test opens for registration

The closed alpha starts next week

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The Anthem closed alpha is coming up soon — Dec. 8 and 9 — and will give players a chance to try Bioware’s new looter-shooter from the comfort of their own homes. BioWare and EA have come out to reveal a few details on the alpha, such as their goals, what players can expect and how limited it’ll be.

One of the first points made in the post is that the Alpha is limited and will only be available for a relatively small group of players. Despite running on Dec. 8 and 9, the Alpha will also have limited play sessions — likely meaning that the game will go up and down during the day, making it unavailable during certain times.

The team behind the game stressed that, while this will be a great chance for players to check out the game, it will also be tweaking matchmaking and other settings as the Alpha goes on — meaning it may not be the most stable experience. The company has also yet to say which parts of Anthem the test will show off.

The closed alpha will require players to sign an NDA, meaning that they won’t be allowed to stream it anywhere or share details about it once it goes live. However, they’ll at least have a chance to download the test prior to launch day, to ensure they’ll have access as soon as it’s live.

To get into the closed alpha, players will need to sign up on the EA community website. Access to the alpha is not included in or guaranteed by any pre-orders or EA Access memberships. If you’re interested in participating, you have until next Monday, Dec. 3, to sign up.