BioWare hosted a very private, closed alpha for Anthem to test its network services and tech rather than preview the game for would-be players. Footage and discussions for the alpha are under strict NDA as evidenced by one Twitch streamer who was booted off of EA Access almost immediately after getting caught streaming the Anthem Alpha. Luckily, the streamer didn't lose their entire EA games library according to the company.
To be more accurate, the streamer who was caught breaking the Anthem NDA didn't actually have any EA Origins games to lose according to the company who confirmed to USgamer that they checked and "the user didn't have any other games on their Origin account" and that EA "didn't delete anything."
You can see the incident in the video above (captured by LiveFails) where the streamer is on the Anthem title screen before access to the EA Origins is revoked suddenly and the streamer can't seem to log back in. Many viewers saw this as the streamer losing their entire EA library, but that doesn't appear to be the case. It's unclear however if the streamer is banned from EA's online services on PC.
The Anthem closed Alpha is separate from the planned Anthem beta that will be available to players who pre-ordered the game, or the public demo that will be available for everyone days later. Both of those are planned for the beginning of February next year. Rather, the Alpha is strictly a test for the game's performance.
BioWare's Mark Darrah also clarified that everything about the alpha, including discussing any problems publicly is under a non-disclosure agreement. Streaming therefor is a big no-no and EA seems to have shut down the attempt rather quickly. Considering the limited pool size of playtesters it probably wasn't hard to see who might have started streaming the alpha.
So.The Alpha’s on.And I’m seeing some chatter about connectivity issues to the servers.2 things:1. This is one of the primary purposes of the test.2. You are actually in violation of your NDA if you are publicly discussing issues you are having.— Mark Darrah (@BioMarkDarrah) December 8, 2018
Anthem is BioWare's upcoming action-RPG and first live-service title. A departure from the studio's RPG staples, it is nevertheless BioWare's biggest games this generation. Though the company recently announced a new Dragon Age game as well.
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