EA Access early version of Madden NFL 15 is playable for 6 hours

Upset fans accuse EA of implying it would offer five full days of pre-release gameplay

Some Madden fans are expressing their displeasure at EA after the publisher announced that the early version of Madden NFL 15 for EA Access subscribers can only be played for six hours.

Launched on Xbox One earlier this month, the EA Access subscription service offers members the chance to download new EA games up to five days before their official release and play them early, plus a ten per cent discount on the digital version when it is officially released.


At the time of its announcement, EA described the service as follows:

"If you're an EA Access member, you can download upcoming EA games five days before the release date to play 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."

It also stressed at the time that the terms of each early download depended on the game in question, and that each game could be played "for at least two hours".

Madden NFL 15 will be the first game to make use of this feature when it's made available today for EA Access subscribers (its official release date is August 26), but after EA confirmed that the game would be playable for six hours, a number of fans responded angrily on Twitter and EA's news site.

"That's garbage, Season Ticket had no limit," replied one gamer, referring to EA Sports' soon to be discontinued sports game subscription offering, which allows players to download games three days before release with no further time restrictions. "I will be cancelling my EA Access."

Others however pointed out that EA had already made it clear the early access demos would be subject to time restrictions.

EA Access costs £3.99 / $4.99 per month or £19.99 / $29.99 per year. Subscribers can also download legacy Xbox One titles such as FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25 and Battlefield 4 at no extra charge, and receive a ten per cent discount on all other EA games and DLC.


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