- The first major new game of 2019 from the studio behind “Mass Effect” and “Dragon Age” is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in February.
- The game is named “Anthem,” and it sounds a lot like EA’s version of the massively popular Activision game “Destiny.”
- The first chance for the public to play the game – a “VIP” demo – is available, but it’s off to a rough start.
It may not seem like it yet, but 2019 is already in full swing – and with a new year comes the next wave of major video games.
One of the first games of that wave is “Anthem,” a huge online-only game from the folks who brought you the “Mass Effect” and “Dragon Age” franchises.
It’s set to launch on the PlayStation 4, the Xbox One, and the PC on February 22 – still a few weeks away – but EA is offering an early chance to play the game right now in a “VIP” demo.
There’s only one problem: The game is off to a rocky start, with many players complaining that the servers are at capacity.
Despite repeated attempts to log in on an Xbox One, we were unable to get past the screen you see above. It said “Connecting to Online Services,” a loading symbol spun, the game’s music continued playing, and the people even continued moving – but it never went past that.
After quitting out of the game manually from the console’s dashboard, subsequent attempts yielded similar results. Sometimes, a pop-up message said the game’s servers were at capacity, sometimes it said there was a connection problem, and sometimes it simply stalled for minutes at a time.
Notably, EA already ran a stress test on its servers during an “Alpha” period back in December that was far more limited in availability. Moreover, it’s rare that modern games launch with server-capacity issues.
EA issued the following statement on Twitter: “We’re adding more server capacity to the #Anthem demo right now. Hang tight while we work to get everyone into the game.”
So, when can you play the game? Soon, hopefully!
EA is running its VIP demo all weekend, and it’s possible that will get extended, given the server issues on Friday. If you didn’t preorder the game, you can still get into the demo – anyone who’s in the demo has five invitations to give out.
You’ll need Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus if you want to play the “Anthem” demo on the Xbox One or on the PlayStation 4. The game is available on PC through EA’s Origin storefront.
For a taste of what you’ll experience in the “Anthem” VIP demo, check out the latest trailer:
Update: EA issued the following statement to Business Insider via email on Friday evening: “The main issue impacting the ‘Anthem’ VIP demo on PC and PS4 has been resolved. Anyone who has had an issue on those platforms should restart the game and attempt to join again. Our team is still working on fixes for some of the issues we’re seeing on Xbox One.”