Sign-ups for Anthem's Xbox One Closed Alpha are now open

Sign-ups for Anthem's Xbox One Closed Alpha are now open

Bioware has announced that the initial alpha test for Anthem will take place the weekend after next - and you can sign up to try and get yourself a spot right now - plus we've got our first look at the PC system requirements. There will be multiple sessions across the two days, and players can participate in one or all of them, but can only sign up to play on one platform.

In its closed alpha info statement EA said that while gamers can enjoy checking out Anthem, its tech guys will be "adjusting things like matchmaking and server load on the fly." . You aren't guaranteed access just by signing up, and you'll need a PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold membership on PS4 and Xbox One, respectively. You also can't stream the play-test.

Broadly billed as publisher EA's answer to Destiny, Anthem is a shared-world multiplayer shooter in which you play as a "freelancer", a super-soldier packed into a Javelin exosuit, sent to complete missions and gather loot in its ornate sci-fi fantasy world.

"If our sessions for a particular device are full, you can still sign up on a waitlist", the post from EA stated.

Given the Anthem Closed Alpha's limited nature, players that want to join in will need to sign up to EA's Community Playtest programme by December 3rd. Please note that the Anthem closed alpha is "strictly confidential" so you will not be permitted to share captured media via streaming, social media and so on. The first closed beta of Anthem will be launched on December 8th, which is not too far away from now. These are the recommended requirements, mind you, which is why we're also seeing a GTX 970 or an AMD R9 390 8GB in the list. The registration process will have you select a platform and the time slots you want to play in.

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