Seven months after launch, Anthem dumped in EA Access

Anthem, Electronic Arts’ beleaguered open-world action RPG, is now available to EA Access and Origin Access subscribers, just seven months after a thudding launch.

The version available through EA Access and Origin Access’ “vault” of titles is the Standard Edition, although those who subscribe to the PC-only Origin Access Premier tier of service will get the Legion of Dawn edition, which delivers extra armor for each class of Javelin (the mechanical battle suit that player characters wear).

The game is available now in Access’ all three platforms — PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC. Previously it had been part of the “Play First” trials offered to subscribers, which allowed a 10-hour preview of the full game.


Recapping Anthem’s messy road after launch

The next Play First trial coming to the service is FIFA 20 on Sept. 19 for all platforms, although Premier subscribers on PC get the whole game, untimed, on the same day.

Anthem got a significant title update on Sept. 4 (version 1.4.0), following one at the beginning of August that added the Cataclysm end-game activity originally promised for the spring. Though Electronic Arts and BioWare have pledged continued support and say they have ongoing plans for the future of this new franchise, the game has been a critical disappointment and a glaring underperformer in terms of revenue.

Other games coming to EA Access today:

  • Out of the Park Baseball 20 (basic edition)
  • The Escapists 2
  • Ultimate Chicken Horse
  • Vambrace: Cold Soul
  • Yooka-Laylee

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