It may not seem like this yet, but there is 2019 around the corner – and next to the next year of great video games.
One of the first gems of the donkey is "Anthem," a huge online game from the people that brought you to the "Mass Effect" and "Dragon Age" franchise.
I'm set to launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on February 22 – a few months ago – but EA offers an early opportunity to play the game in "alpha" in December .
Better yet: It's absolutely free!
Playing the game is as simple as registering with your current EA Online account, choosing your platform, and confirming your choice.
Notably, this is not the final version of the game that you'll play. There is an early "alpha" version of the game, which means that it is close to it – but still very far – the game that will be launched in February. As "Anthem" is an online game only, EA uses the alpha as a means of testing its server capability, as well as a means of testing the game itself with supporters.
So when can you play the alpha? Soon! It will take place during the weekend of December 8 and December 9, with a variety of sessions across the two days. You will need an Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus if you want to play the alpha on Xbox One or PlayStation 4, and be careful that whatever platform you choose is the one you you have it – you can not choose multiple platforms with single EA Online login.
To have a taste of what you'll experience in the "Anthem" alphabet, look at this video very long: