The Mass Effect: Andromeda EA and Origin Access trial is now live, here’s everything you need to know

By Sherif Saed, Thursday, 16 March 2017 08:55 GMT

If you’re willing to pay the small EA or Origin Access fee, you can try Mass Effect: Andromeda for yourself.

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The EA Access and Origin Access trial for Mass Effect: Andromeda are now available worldwide for everyone with a valid subscription to download and play.

The trial actually went live ahead of schedule, but we’re not complaining. Like most games before it, this early access trial lets you download the full game (42GB), but limits your progress in certain ways.

In the case of Andromeda, you’re limited to ten hours of playtime. This counts even when you’re setting in the menus. As long as the game is running, your time will count towards the ten hours.

As far as content restrictions, in single-player you’ll only get to play up to a certain point in the story. The planet you start on, however, will be available to explore beyond what the available missions offer. Multiplayer, on the other hand, will not have any restrictions.

The EA Access trial is only available on Xbox One, whereas Origin Access is available on PC. It’s possible to purchase a month’s subscription to take advantage of the trial and cancel later. Achievements and progression will carry over if you buy the full game.

If you’re already a subscriber, you can download the game from the EA Access app on Xbox One. On PC, navigate to Origin Access in the Origin app, or to Andromeda’s store page to download the trial.

Mass Effect: Andromeda is out March 21 in North America, and March 23 in the rest of the world on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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