Very useful breakdown, thanks @GregRedd.
It also beautifully illustrates my point about the confusing array of “editions” of the game.
These practices are designed to tempt people to spend significant chunks of cash on a product they know very little about.
Bioware have shown us the gameplay, and assured that there won’t be lootboxes or pay-to-win microtransactions, but new Javelins might only be available for purchase with Shards.
How much will Shards cost? Can players trade Shards between one another like in Warframe, or will it be more like Silver from Destiny 2? There’s some talk of Shards dropping as an in-game rewards… is that still on the cards?
Basically I’m torn between two questions when it comes to the pre-order: Do I still trust Bioware? (yes); Do I still trust EA? (no, not for a long time and less every year)
Not shown in their table is the VIP demo which launches this weekend (2019-01-25T17:00:00Z → 2019-01-28T02:00:00Z).
According to EA, there will be two pre-launch demos:
The first pre-launch demo runs from January 25 (at 17:00 UTC) through January 27, 2019. This is a VIP demo and is only open to players with Origin Access (Basic or Premier) or EA Access, and players who have pre-ordered Anthem.
The second pre-launch demo runs from February 1 (at 17:00 UTC) through February 3, 2019 and is open to everyone.
(I wonder if they introduced an earlier demo to try and get people to fork out for two months of Origin Access? This is what these publishers have done to me — I’ve turned into a grumpy old cynic. I wonder if I can sub to Origin Access Basic now and then upgrade to Premium before the “Play First Trial”?)
*UPDATE/EDIT: Fact-checked the info about the VIP demo. Seeing mixed reports. Why does EA always make those so IMPOSSIBLE?!
Yep so the articles I saw about the VIP demo were wrong. I’ve updated my post. If you’ve read this far there isn’t really anything more to see here. But since you’re here… From EA’s official Anthem website:
The VIP Demo takes place from January 25 - 27, a few weeks before Anthem launches on February 22, 2019. Pre-order, join Origin Access, or join EA Access to experience the VIP Demo. As part of the VIP Demo, you’ll also get an exclusive in-game item to show you were the first to play.*