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EA Access members get six trial hours with Madden NFL 15

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Posted on August 18, 2014 AT 12:01pm

In response to a gamer asking on Twitter what kind of access EA Access subscribers will have to Madden NFL 15, the official EA Access account revealed that the full game will be open to players, but limited to six total hours before prompting to buy/pre-order the game.

EA Access, an Xbox One exclusive service that launched last week, allows gamers to play and demo EA titles up to five days before their regular release date for the price of $4.99 a month, or $29.99 for a full year. In the case of Madden NFL 15, this means the trial for the game should be going live on Thursday, August 21. We now know, though, that you’ll have six hours with the game during the trial time period. If you end up buying the game through EA Access, all your progress from the six hours (including achievement progress) will carry over, at least, so you won’t have to start completely over.

Some fans are upset, however, as it seems they were expecting they’d get the full game for the entirety of the five days. In an era where game marathons and speed-runs are commonplace, and EA still wants to sell their games at full price, you can probably see why some time restraints were deemed necessary, especially for future story-driven releases.

Along with new games, EA Access promises to keep all future releases alive in “The Vault” so players can try out/buy a backlog of games if they so choose. As of right now, due to the service just starting, only Peggle 2, Battlefield 4, Madden 25, and FIFA 14 are available in The Vault.

Whether or not all EA Access games will fall under the six-hour time restriction or if each restraint would be determined on a game-by-game basis is unknown at this time.

Source: Twitter

Ray Carsillo, Reviews Editor
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