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Anthem's new PTS gives players an early look at Icetide

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Electronic Arts has fired up an Anthem Public Test Server for the weekend, which will give players an early look at an upcoming seasonal event called Icetide. The PTS will feature the Tyrant Mine Stronghold, with timers, score multipliers, Inversions, and leaderboards for players to master in order to increase their scores and earn Crystals that can be used to acquire "unique winter-themed rewards."

Freeplay in the PTS will also see some changes, including localized "Snow Globe Storms" and a Time Trial race event that will spawn every five minutes. Fort Tarsis and the Launch Bay will also be done up in seasonally-appropriate festive decorations.

The Anthem PTS runs from today until November 11, and is open to everyone who owns Anthem on PC, as well as all Origin Access subscribers. You'll need to download a separate client to take part, and nothing from your current live game will carry over, nor will any experience earned in the PTS transfer back. Instead, the PTS will set all players to level 30 and unlock all Javelins from the start, so you can get straight to the action. Details are up at ea.com.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.