EA Access Includes 6 Hours of Pre-Release Madden

As details about EA’s new Access program roll out, the overall package is starting to come into focus. EA Access is a subscription based service that lets you play certain titles indefinitely for $5 a month, or $30 a year. As Sony decided to pass on the service, Xbox One users have got a chance to check out the four games currently on the service: Battlefield 4, Madden 25, FIFA 14 and Peggle 2. EA has promised a number of extra features for Access as well, but one in particular was still a bit confusing. EA stated that Access will allow certain games to be played pre-release, but declined to give any further details. Today, that policy received some clarification.

Announced on EA’s blog,  Access users will be able to play the game five days ahead of its August 26th release date. However, that is not the full story. Instead of simply getting the full game early, users will be restricted to six hours of game time before ostensibly getting cut off until the official release. While they do note that this is six hours of in-game time, and that it can be split up or played all at once, there is still a lot we don’t fully know about how it will work. Will it cut you off mid-game? Does it count loading times, or time spent idling on the menu? I guess we will have to wait until the 21st to see for sure.

I still think that EA Access offers a nice value to users, and that will only grow as titles are added to the library. While six hours of game time may not seem like much, it should at least tide overs users until the full version comes along, at a 10% discount for Access users. It also appears that the six-hour policy will be unique to this Madden, as EA states that “trial length and timing for other EA Access titles will vary”. We will keep you updated as we learn more.