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Battlefield Hardline hits EA Access five days before everyone else gets it

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EA Access members will be able to play Battlefield Hardline starting March 12, five days prior to the game's public launch, publisher Electronic Arts announced today.

The five-day trial will allow EA Access subscribers to play the full version of Battlefield Hardline for up to 10 hours, which is more than the six hours usually offered. All maps and modes in the multiplayer component will be accessible on EA Access. However, only the prologue and first chapter of the story will be available during the trial period. Previous EA titles that were available early via EA Access include Dragon Age: Inquisition and Madden NFL 15.

Whether you play single-player or multiplayer, all progress will carry over to the full game if you buy it when it launches March 17. EA Access customers can buy the full game from the Xbox Games Store at a 10 percent discount, $53.99 instead of $59.99.

EA Access, which is exclusive to Xbox One, offers full EA titles in The Vault, trials of unreleased games shortly before their launch and a 10 percent discount on digital content for EA games. The program costs $4.99 per month or $29.99 per year. For more on Battlefield Hardline, which will also launch on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox 360, check out the new gameplay trailer above.