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EA's Anthem release date chart is more confusing than helpful

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EA shared a release date chart for Anthem to help players decipher when they can access the game based on their pre-orders or Origin subscription. The chart caused more confusion than clarification as players ask EA to drop the practice.

The launch of Bioware's shared-world shooter Anthem is just around the corner and since the game has multiple release dates depending on players' purchase decision, EA decided to offer some clarification on the matter.

The publisher shared Anthem release date chart which shows the specific release dates for early access, 10-hour trial and full game. While EA's chart didn't really help, we gave our best shot to make this as simple as possible for you:

  • If you pre-ordered Standard or Legion of Dawn version of Anthem you play the game on 22 February 2019.
  • If you have Origin Access basic on PC or Xbox One, you get 10-hour trial on 15 February 2019.
  • If you have Origin Access Premier on PC you get to play the game on 15 February 2019.

Those who play on PlayStation 4 won't have to bother with all this release date nonsense as Anthem will only have one release date - 22 February 2019.

While EA might have the best intentions to help players understand when they can dive into Anthem's world, it would be an understatement to say their tweet wasn't received well.

One of the critics was the popular gaming journo Jim Sterling who called out EA for their "convoluted s#!t", describing the chart as "beyond ridiculous" and asking EA just to focus on making and selling games without all the release date confusion.

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EA released a similar guide chart before the Battlefield V's launch which was, again, received very poorly by customers.

All in all, it doesn't look good for EA or Bioware and Anthem isn't even out yet. Earlier this week, one Redditor shared an image which revealed the absurd prices of Anthem's in-game cosmetics. The messy demo didn't inspire much confidence either.

The Javelin armour skins revealed in the image cost roughly $20. Of course, this caused an uproar on Reddit and social media, but Zombie Bioware clarified that prices aren't final and are subject to change.