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The 10-hour Mass Effect: Andromeda trial is now available to everyone

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Origin Access subscribers were able to get a ten-hour head start on Mass Effect: Andromeda earlier this year, thanks to a "Play First" trial that went live roughly a week before the game's release. Now, four months down the road, that trial mode is being made available to everyone

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We noted back in March that the initial early access trial of Andromeda probably did it no favors, because of the shaky condition the game was in at launch. That, I would guess, is a big part of why the doors are now being opened to everyone: To demonstrate that it works (at least mostly) better now. That's probably not the sort of thing EA expected to have to do back at the start of the year, but you do what you have to.

BioWare recently added the Batarians and a new "Platinum" difficulty level to Mass Effect: Andromeda's multiplayer Apex missions, but there's still no word on single-player DLC.

Andy Chalk
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.