Anthem Slides Into the EA Access Vault Less Than a Year Post-Launch

Anthem Slides Into the EA Access Vault Less Than a Year Post-Launch

The loot-shooter is looking for an influx of players.

BioWare's futuristic loot-shooter was rocky even before it launched. Today, with less than a year since its release, Anthem is joining the Origin Access and EA Access vault, making the standard edition free to play for subscribers of either service.

Starting today, you can download Anthem for free as part of the EA or Origin Access subscription service. The service extends across PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for EA Access, while Origin Access will grant you entry to the PC build. Timing it up for today means you can jump in and start playing Anthem right before Cataclysm, Anthem's first major content update since launch, comes to a close.

BioWare and EA are likely hopeful this might spur otherwise disinterested Access subscribers to give Anthem a shot. But the multiplayer flying-suit shooter hasn't had the easiest time of it this year; from bugs that made damage meaningless to recent high-level departures, times have been tough for BioWare. Even Cataclysm, the major update that some fans were hoping would right the ship, hasn't garnered much enthusiasm.

It seems like Anthem is stuck repeating history. But with the Access vault open, there might be some players willing to hop and play it, giving it the player bump it needs to weather on through to another year and another shot. Higher-ups at Electronic Arts seem convinced that Anthem can flourish at some point. Hopefully an influx of vault players can help.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Eric Van Allen

News Editor

Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

In other news

Final Fantasy 16 Rumors Are "Annoying," Says Naoki Yoshida

Final Fantasy 14 is still Yoshida's focus "for years to come."

Need help?

Final Fantasy 14 Shadowbringers - Where to Unlock All the New Content

Now that you've pick up Shadowbringers, where do you go to unlock all the cool stuff?

Final Fantasy 14 Shadowbringers Jobs: How to Unlock Gunbreaker and Dancer

The new expansion is here and there's new jobs to enjoy!

Final Fantasy 14 Shadowbringers - Where to Find All the Aether Currents

If you're going to fly, you need to explore first.