Battlefield 1 "Play First" trial is playable right now

The Battlefield 1 Play First trial, which offers Origin Access subscribers ten hours of play time ahead of its October 21 launch, can be downloaded and played right now, a full day ahead of the scheduled October 13 kickoff. 

The trial includes two campaign missions and four multiplayer modes, and weighs in a little over 40GB. It's not clear why EA opened the gate early, and in fact the BF1 Twitter account is still saying that the trial won't go live until tomorrow. But we've sampled it for ourselves, and it is most definitely playable, so have at it. 

The ten hours provided by the Play First trial is total play time, not a countdown timer, so you can start and stop as you see fit. You don't need to preorder to access the trial—it's automatically available to all Origin Access subscribers—and as an added bonus, if you have the trial version you won't have to redownload the game when it goes live to the public. Grab it from the Origin Access page.

Thanks, Kotaku.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.