This past weekend saw the release of the “VIP demo” for Bioware’s latest title, Anthem, which unfortunately did not get off to a good start as many excited gamers encountered multiple issues upon trying to participate in the demo.
Many issues were present during the VIP demo period ranging from login issues to graphical glitches, but most infamous of all being the “infinite loading screen” which caused massive issues for users who had to endure multiple never ending load screens when trying to join a session or launch a mission. You can see Luke’s initial thoughts on the Demo here.
Bioware shared a blog post with fans regarding their summary of the VIP Demo period and outlined their plans to fix discovered bugs and glitches for the upcoming public demo period. You can read the blog post from Bioware in full for yourself here.
Bioware explained that the infinite loading screen glitch has been addressed and rectified with entitlement bugs, server performance updates, platform bugs for Javelin unlocks, and client bugs being among the other issues that will be solved for the public demo.
Bioware also stated that “We’ve also been preparing for many weeks for our full launch. That version of the game already has a long list of things that are already fixed that won’t make the public demo weekend” these include:
- Weapons with 0% infusions
- Weapons with a bonus that applies to different Javelins
- Plot integrity/party gather issues
- Changes to Javelin unlock behaviour
- Fixes for losing XP at end of some expeditions
- Performance Improvements
- Additional stability fixes
- A Social Hub: The Launch Bay
I personally only played a couple of hours of Anthem due to the above issues but found the gameplay to be satisfying enough to warrant interest in the full release. It remains to be seen if Bioware really can solve all of the issues and undo the negative PR that this VIP Demo has created for them.
The public demo will run from the 1st of February to the 3rd of February, with Anthem’s full release to follow on the 22nd of February.
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