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Mass Effect: Andromeda gets 10-hour EA Access trial

Four other games coming to the Vault soon

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BioWare’s Mass Effect: Andromeda.
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Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

People who subscribe to EA Access or Origin Access will be able to play Mass Effect: Andromeda for up to 10 hours before the game launches, publisher Electronic Arts announced recently.

The trial will go live March 16, five days before Mass Effect: Andromeda’s March 21 release date. EA Access and Origin Access are available on Xbox One and Windows PC, respectively, meaning that as always, PlayStation 4 owners will miss out on the trial.

EA also announced the next four games that it will add to the EA Access Vault: Dead Space: Ignition, Madden NFL 17, Skate 3 and Zuma’s Revenge. That will expand the Vault over the 40-game mark “later this year,” according to EA.

The set of games is notable because of the presence of Skate 3, which was originally released in 2010 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Its upcoming EA Access debut follows last fall’s addition of the game to the Xbox One backward compatibility program.

EA hasn’t had a lot of success reviving older franchises — consider the lukewarm receptions to the company’s most recent iterations of NBA Jam, NFL Blitz, SSX and Mirror’s Edge. But fans of the Skate series have long been clamoring for a new entry in the franchise, and there’s always a chance that EA is gearing up for an E3 announcement of one.

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