From morning, Anthem will have its very first closed alpha test. Invitations expired on Thursday based on first priority for registration. However, before the test begins, BioWare will ensure that players have an accurate understanding of Alpha's purpose. Game director Jon Warner published a letter to players on Friday morning breaking down the alpha nature and its importance with regard to the last game.
The heart of Warner's message is that this test is true to its nature as an alpha attempt. That is, it is not meant to be representative of Anthem as an end product and that there will be serious problems for the players while playing. This is not like any modern beta test that effectively demos or markets in motion.
"For this we are specifically focused on load balancing and scale testing of our servers and matchmaking. We will focus the time slots on the play test to give you the best opportunity to experience a piece of the game with others. We will also shut down the servers and play the games multiple times without notice and pick them up again. This play is about the group's experience and dedicated servers. "
What Warner asks alpha players to do is log in as much beta as possible and participate in game matchmaking. Only by playing, the vast number of players online will tense the servers in ways that allow BioWare to make necessary improvements for the final game. Everyone will hopefully have fun with Anthem in the process.
As for what content the players will experience for themselves in the Anthem alpha test, Warner is consciously vague. Keep in mind that this closed alpha test requires all participants to sign an NDA (twice!), So there will not be authorized live streams, recordings, screenshots or discussions about the event. All Warner is willing to say that Alpha will focus on content outside Fort Tarsis, to help focus on matchmaking systems:
"We have focused the content of what lies outside Fort Tarsis to give you a chance to enjoy that experience. We have deliberately built a little piece of the game so we can look at these things while playing and enjoying game. Therefore, the content of this game test is about one month old and does not reflect how the game looks and performs today or how it will start. "
Anthem alpha players will be able to do some activities. They will probably be able to fly around a little in the open world, fight against enemies and participate in at least one mission.
Whether this is the only Anthem alpha test, is not yet known. It is quite possible if not very likely that BioWare will hold more sessions even in a beta. But in addition to a potential big open public beta that any game does, we already know that Anthem will instead offer a number of demos.
During the Game Awards, BioWare confirmed that these demos would be available from February 1st for all, or a January 25 VIP demo for pre-orderers. Anthem is still a couple of months away, but everyone will have a chance to try it out before then if they stay patient.
Anthem releases February 22 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.