Anthem VIP Demo Frustrating, EA Services Crash, DDoS Attack (Updated)

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Anthem VIP Demo started in 25th of January and people were frustrated to have to wait for hours before they could access the game. This should not have been an issue because this was the Anthem VIP demo (limited access), for people that have pre-ordered the game.

Update 5: It is unlikely that the infinite loading screen issue will be resolved this weekend.

Update 4: The EA Help Twitter account has just updated that several connectivity improvements have been made for Xbox players. You might have a better experience but from what I have seen on the PC version, you might not want to get expectation too high.

Update 3: Theofficial Anthem Twitter account has updated fans regarding the known issues of the VIP demo and they are as follows:

  • Infinite loading screens when launching the game or entering an expedition.
  • Unable to get past the Anthem title screen.
  • Some Xbox One players are unable to access the Anthem VIP demo.
  • Some players are unable to access their Anthem VIP demo friends codes.

It seems that more than 8000 people are facing these issues. I did try getting into the game myself on PC and I found that while I could get into the demo, I get kicked back out a few minutes later. The developers are working on fixing these issues and will update the fans accordingly.

Update 2: It seems that the reason why Anthem VIP demo has been acting weird and EA services have gone down is that EA has accidentally DDoS attacked itself. It is too early to confirm whether or not this is indeed true as EA and Bioware are still figuring things out but it does seem legit.

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Update: 6 hours later players are still unable to get into the game and not only is the Anthem VIP demo unavailable other EA services and games are not working either.

The original article concerning the Anthem VIP demo is as follows:

This means that EA knew how many people would potentially take part in the demo. I know that each player could invite 3 friends and that EA Access users also had access to the VIP demo but these are all numbers that EA is already aware of.

The official Twitter announced that more servers were going to be added soon but 2 hours past the demo time I was unable to play the game. It is also worth pointing out that for the first one and a half hours I was unable to redeem my access to the demo and I am not the only one that had this issue.

The EA site would just refresh each time I would try to sign in. Hundreds of players reported the same issue and while some were able to get into the game, they found themselves stuck a loading screen for extended periods of time.

Once I was able to gain access to the demo I launched the game and was greeted with “connecting to online services” and infinite loading. For a game that has been in development for 6 years from a company that makes millions of dollars a year, this is piss poor effort. Almost two hours into the demo launch the official twitter account updated the fans about the infinite loading issue.

That’s great. I did do that and you know what happened? I was asked to play around with a few settings and select the gender of the voice that I am going to hear and after that, I was in the game. Just kidding. Infinite loading yet again. Fans had plenty to say about the Anthem VIP Demo and here are my personal favorite comments.

There was a lot of hype around the Anthem VIP Demo and it is off to a terrible start, to say the least. If you are having these issues then it is recommended that you try relaunching the game. Did you try turning it off and on again? You know the drill.

While you are waiting you might as well learn about the content roadmap and microtransactions that are part of the game.

Let us know what you think about the Anthem VIP Demo and whether or not you had a better time.

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