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Bioware releases Anthem Trailer and Demo plans

Anthem will have a pre-launch demo version

Bioware releases Anthem Trailer and Demo plans

Bioware releases Anthem Trailer and Demo plans

Electronic Arts and Bioware have released a new gameplay trailer for Anthem, detailing many of the game's story elements, missions and the many characters that players will interact with throughout the game.   

EA has also revealed that Anthem will have a pre-release demo version, which will release on February 1st, 2019, a full 21 days before the game's official launch on February 22nd. This demo version will be exclusive to EA Access or Origin Access subscribers, with the game's developers stating that the demo is from the final version of the game, not a beta version. 

Strangely, Bioware has made it clear that this demo will only become available to PC/Xbox One users who subscribe to EA or Origin Access before the demo's launch. Post-release Access subscriptions will not have access to Anthem's demo, a strange restriction for newcomers to EA's subscription services. 

In Anthem, teams of up to four players can explore the game's dangerous world, using Javelin exosuits to combat the many creatures and hostile humans to occupy the landscape. Bioware promises a unique story with Anthem, hopefully overcoming the narrative issues that are often associated with MMO-lite multiplayer RPG-shooters, though this remains to be seen. 

Anthem will offer gamers a solo-play option, though the game will remain as an online-only title.  

 
Anthem will be an always-online game and will lack loot boxes, though EA has confirmed that cosmetic and vanity items will be available for purchase. 

You can join the discussion on Bioware's latest Anthem trailer and demo plans on the OC3D Forums

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03-09-2018, 07:45:29

SPS
Where's the RTX support? It would look amazing in this game. I'm serious but also trolling at the same time. Quote

03-09-2018, 07:54:23

WYP
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Where's the RTX support? It would look amazing in this game. I'm serious but also trolling at the same time.
Haha. Could still come at some point. The main barrier that I see is that DICE are the guys that made the Frostbite engine and have the most room to experiment with new rendering techniques.

I'd love to see what Anthem would look like with Ray Tracing, as it already looks great. Perhaps replace screen space reflections with more accurate Ray Traced reflections?

TBH the biggest problem with Ray tracing ATM is the fact that most people don't know what accurate reflections/shadows look like, making it much less of a selling point.Quote

03-09-2018, 08:10:58

SPS
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Haha. Could still come at some point. The main barrier that I see is that DICE are the guys that made the Frostbite engine and have the most room to experiment with new rendering techniques.
What do you mean? Are they not using frostbite here?

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Originally Posted by WYP View Post
I'd love to see what Anthem would look like with Ray Tracing, as it already looks great. Perhaps replace screen space reflections with more accurate Ray Traced reflections?

TBH the biggest problem with Ray tracing ATM is the fact that most people don't know what accurate reflections/shadows look like, making it much less of a selling point.
There's lot of metals and reflective surfaces like water in here that would make it look really good with all the dynamic fx. Also I'd look cool af in my full chrome robot suit while on everyone else's non-RTX machine I'd be a blurry mess Quote

03-09-2018, 08:18:13

Peace
Can you at least cancel the subscription after playing the demo? -.-

Hiding a demo behind a paywall is almost worse than keeping acces to a beta only for pre-orders like in CoD, but at least you can cancel said pre-order if you don't like it...Quote

03-09-2018, 08:33:47

WYP
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Originally Posted by SPS View Post
What do you mean? Are they not using frostbite here?



There's lot of metals and reflective surfaces like water in here that would make it look really good with all the dynamic fx. Also I'd look cool af in my full chrome robot suit while on everyone else's non-RTX machine I'd be a blurry mess
It is using Frostbite. What I mean is that Bioware will be less experienced at making such radical changes, whereas DICE built their name on the quality of their engine.

While I have no doubt that Bioware is using Frostbite with a great degree of skill, I don't think they are as well equipped as DICE to transition into Ray Tracing quickly. I don't associate Bioware with cutting-edge engine developments, though perhaps I am selling them a little short here.

Another factor is whether or not Bioware opted to use DirectX 12 early in Anthem's development, as I'd assume that they would use Microsoft's DXR API to introduce Ray Tracing. If they decided to go down the DX11 route, it makes adding Ray tracing much more difficult.

If Bioware uses any Nvidia RTX technology, my money is on DLSS. I'd love to see Ray Tracing though.Quote
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