Like the publishing giant recently did for Dragon Age: Inquisition, the EA Access premium subscription service will give members the chance to begin playing the launch version of Battlefield: Hardline before its official release date. In addition to receiving access to a digital library of Electronic Arts titles, EA Access also offers subscribers the ability to try out select titles early thanks to the service's "Play First" feature.
Battlefield: Hardline has now been confirmed to be the next major video game release that will be offered to EA Access members ahead of release, when the popular Electronic Arts shooter launches later this year in March. The official Twitter account for Battlefield revealed to fans earlier this week that Hardline will be available to all subscribers of the EA program before the title is officially released.
"Yes, you will be able to get early access to Battlefield Hardline through EA Access."
While specific details on how the early access for Battlefield: Hardline will be handled, it is likely that EA will use a similar approach to what the publisher used with the pre-launch access to Dragon Age: Inquisition. For Bioware's recently released RPG game, EA Access members were allowed to download and play the game five days before title officially launched. As such, the upcoming early access to Battlefield: Hardline through the Electronic Arts premium service is expected to also be made available a few days ahead of the game's March 17 release date.
The ability to play specific games early through EA Access is a feature that the publisher refers to as "Play First." This gives subscribers the option to try out titles like Battlefield: Hardline before having to make a purchase. Should users later decide to actually buy the game, they will be able to continue playing from where they left off. A full description of the "Play First" feature is detailed on the EA Access website.
"If you're an EA Access member, you can download upcoming EA games before the release date to try for a limited time. Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA LIVE 15 and Dragon Age: Inquisition are all included, with more to come. If you love it, buy it, and you can pick up right where you left off."Those who aren't EA Access subscribers, such as PlayStation owners who hope to try out the game early, will also be able to play Battlefield: Hardline ahead of release thanks to an upcoming open beta. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the beta tests for Battlefield: Hardline will be offered to players across all platforms.
Battlefield: Hardline will release on March 17 for the Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. Days before its official launch, the game will be made available to EA Access members. Do you plan on trying out Battlefield: Hardline early if you subscribe to the Electronic Arts service?
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