Anthem, BioWare’s latest title, is finally here, nearly two years after it was announced at E3 2017. Initially set for a 2018 release date, the massive shared-world action RPG will officially launch on Feb. 22.
The release schedule for Anthem has been complicated, with both VIP and public demos available in late January/early February. A 10-hour hands-on preview for EA Access and Origin Access members opened on Feb. 15. Origin Access Premier subscribers have access to the full game, with no time limit. If that all sounds confusing, EA made a helpful chart with all the info.
Before figuring out if you can actually play the game yet, though, you’ll need to decide which edition to buy. There are only two versions: a Standard Edition and a Deluxe Edition, titled Legion of Dawn. EA is offering a few pre-order bonuses as well, if you order before the Feb. 22 release date. We break down the different perks below.
Anthem Standard Edition
The standard game, available on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, costs the typical $59.99. Though if you’re playing on Xbox One or Playstation 4, you’ll need to subscribe to your platform’s online service, Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus, in order to join the game.
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Anthem Legion of Dawn Edition
The deluxe Legion of Dawn Edition, named after the legendary order of elite protectors who set the stage for Anthem, costs $79.99 and includes some extra in-game gear.
The DLC pack includes:
- Ranger: Legion of Dawn Legendary Armor Pack and Weapon
- Colossus: Legion of Dawn Legendary Armor Pack
- Storm: Legion of Dawn Legendary Armor Pack
- Interceptor: Legend of Dawn Legendary Armor Pack
- Anthem Digital Soundtrack
Anthem Xbox One bundle
EA and Microsoft teamed up to offer an Xbox One S bundle with a copy of Anthem: Legion of Dawn Edition as well as a one-month trial subscription for EA Access. The bundle is on sale for $299.99, the usual cost of an Xbox One S console. It will be released along with the game on Feb. 22.
Anthem on EA Access and Origin Access
Members of EA Access (Xbox One) or Origin Access (PC) can play a ten-hour preview of the game a full week before its release. PC users who pay for the premium Origin Access subscription, Origin Access Premier, can play the full game starting on Feb. 15. Sorry, PS4 users, you’ll have to wait until Feb. 22 to suit up.
Regardless of what edition you choose, Anthem pre-orders include an in-game banner. Standard Edition pre-orders also come with the Ranger’s legendary armor and weapon pack included in the Legion of Dawn Edition.
A few retailers are offering pre-order incentives of their own: GameStop will throw in an exclusive in-game vinyl and the PlayStation Store is offering an Anthem PS4 theme. And Amazon Prime or My Best Buy Rewards members receive a $10 credit when ordering from their respective retailers.