Since this console generation began in late 2013, the line between beta and demo has grown nebulous. The term beta is reserved for multiplayer experiences, which are launched so that development teams can get feedback. Unlike demos, players offer free hands-on time with a piece of finished product. According to Game Director Jonathan Warner, Anthem will deliver the best of both worlds with closed alpha and a public demo.
In an interview with VG247 Warner took some of the confusion about the two terms, beta and demo. On questions about Anthem want a beta, Warner responded, "Ah, a demo. You should have the opportunity to play the game early and we will talk about it at PAX."
Upon request for clarifying the differences between beta and demo, Warner responded: "Well, I think it's a bit strange in there. We're going to test the game in closed alpha, and so things are out for the audience a demo."
That's why it works Anthem does not want a beta similar to that of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 where Treyarch actively updated the game based on player feedback. Rather, Anthem's pre-launch plans involve closed alpha and a demo for the audience to try out. This demo will probably be part of the game in its "finished" state, so consumers can try before they buy.
Currently, details of closed alpha testing are not known. The same goes for the demo Warner talked about. As mentioned, specific details should come out of PAX West, starting August 31
Anthem Releases Early next year on PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One February 22, 2019.