After BioWare volunteered to remove the Denuvo DRM from Mass Effect: Andromeda, it paved the way for pirates and crackers to get their hands on the game without any sort of inhibitory factors preventing them from playing it without paying a dime for it. Well, apparently that wasn’t enough to convince gamers to give the game a try, and so now BioWare and EA are giving away a free trial of the game.
Blues is reporting that over on the Mass Effect website, there’s a free trial offering 10 free hours of play. You can grab the trial right now and it will be available all the way through the fall up until November 1st, 2017.
The 10-hour trial is freely available and there are no strings attached. Not only that, but it gives you full access to the first planet in the game, so there are no restrictions on what you can do and how you can do it. Wiser minds might even complete the trial, save their game, download the full version and then use the cracked version to continue where they left off from the trial.
Not only is the game available to play through single-player, but you can also play through the multiplayer modes as well.
Originally the 10-hour trial was only limited to those who had Origin Access on home consoles or PC. However, now the free trial is available even if you don’t have Origin Access.
This is a good way for EA to pad the numbers for Mass Effect: Andromeda, because even people who don’t buy the game could still be used toward their aggregate of total hours played or total users engaged. Weasel numbers.
The game came out earlier this year during the middle of March, but it was riddled with bugs and glitches at launch, and a lot of people were off-put by the low quality animations throughout the game’s dialogue sequences. Various patches later and some of the animations were fixed along with the glitches. However, a lot of people became frustrated with the game’s SJWism, and felt it was too much propaganda for them to handle.
EA has yet to say what the sales are for the game and have repeatedly denied commenting on any future single-player DLC releases, but reports have gone around claiming that the Mass Effect series is shelved and that EA will be watching over the shoulders of BioWare for the upcoming Anthem. Presumably EA may be taking a more strict approach to prevent Social Justice Warrior material from appearing in the AAA game? They didn’t quite say, but it seems apparent that EA wants to make sure that strict quality control measures are enacted for Anthem leading up to its release.
In the meantime, you can download the free trial of Mass Effect: Andromeda right now.