Today, EA announced that gamers will be able to play a 10-hour trial of Mass Effect: Andromeda a week before launch. That is, if you’re a subscriber to their Access service: EA Access for Xbox One gamers and Origin Access for PC gamers.

EA Access and Origin Access are the publisher’s digital subscription services. They offer similar early access trials for other releases under EA, discounts on their titles, and a select number of free games published by EA.

If you are a subscriber, you’ll be able to play Mass Effect: Andromeda by March 16. You will have a 10-hour head start to enjoy the game until its launch on March 21. Once the full game releases, you will be able to keep your progress.


Unfortunately, EA and Origin Access are exclusive to Xbox One and PC. Because PS4 doesn’t have a similar Access service, PS4 gamers likely won’t receive the same 10-hour trial. Battlefield 1‘s early trial was a similar situation, but PS4 players did at least have the Early Enlister edition to get in– this time, there doesn’t seem to be anything similar.

There will, however, be an upcoming Multiplayer beta that even PS4 players will be able to take part in. You can sign up for it here.

Mass Effect: Andromeda will launch on March 21 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.