EA Access Limits Xbox One's Madden 15 Early Access Trial to Six Hours

The closest thing we'll get to a Madden demo this year restricts EA Access members to "six gameplay hours" with the full game.

EA Access members' early access to Madden NFL 15 will be limited to a total of "six gameplay hours," the company announced today.

This limit was revealed by the EA Access Twitter account, which states that Access members "will have six gameplay hours with the full Madden NFL 15 game." Exactly what "gameplay hours" constitutes is unclear, but we've followed up with EA to see if the trial distinguishes between time spent playing the game and time spent in its menus. We've also asked when the trial will go live--Access members are supposed to get it five days early; with Madden 15 launching next Tuesday, August 26, we should be seeing the trial later this week.

Since the EA Access program was first announced, the specifics of how one of its components--early access to upcoming EA games--would work remained vague. During a recent podcast, Microsoft's Jeff Rubenstein indicated EA Access would provide "at least two hours" of gameplay, but EA had yet to officially discuss time limits until today.

It's important to note that this aspect of EA Access is about providing what amounts to a trial of a game ahead of its release; this isn't a situation where Access members who are buying a game get their copy early. (You can, however, transfer your save from this trial to the full game.) In light of today's announcement, some fans are saying they are upset because they expected to be able to play the full game for the five days prior to launch.

EA Access has proven to be a contentious program so far. Due to EA deciding not to release a demo of Madden 15--and EA Access only being available on Xbox One--the only way to try the game is to own an Xbox One and subscribe to Access for $5/month or $30/year.

Along with early access to EA games, the other major component of Access is the ability to play games from a library of free games, which currently consists of FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4. EA has vowed not to remove games from the Vault, as it's being called, claiming it will only add to its selection over time. Sony apparently had the opportunity to bring EA Access to PlayStation platforms, but opted not to because "it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect."

What do you make of this six-hour time limit--is it more or less than you expected? Let us know in the comments.

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hb21lmfresh
hb21lmfresh

My point is what money is EA losing by only giving us the game for 6 hours as opposed to 4 days. Its not like its gonna stop people from getting the game. All this really does is put a sour grape in people's minds that EA is trying to nickel and dime everything. I agree that the deal itself isnt that bad, but I see no benefit for doing that. We talkin bout 90 extra hours of letting us play to keep us happy and keep the subscriptions... bad business model

Greyfox-101
Greyfox-101

6 hrs with the full game is a way more comprehensive overview of the actual product you'd be buying rather than playing with two teams in one game mode. 


Also, how many people can say that actually played the previous demos for 6 hrs? I know I got tired of them after a few games. 


Tranula
Tranula

This game still does not loo as impressive as I feel it should.  The backgrounds are terrible, and he player models/animations look like to stiff or something.  Does EA even really care about this franchise?

naughtygamer806
naughtygamer806

Yeah EA how dare you allow access members to access a game for a few hrs like you clearly stated before access was available to the public. How dare you give your customers exactly what you offered from the beginning. How dare you not give away your product. Lol we are talking about EA, so let's all follow the crowd and post bs because we can't make up our own mind. Some people here are just morons! Another thing, who the hell spends more than 6 hrs on a demo. I can tell you if I want to buy a game after 2 hrs of gameplay.

xwingman29
xwingman29

6 hours? This is ridiculous.... maybe enough time to finish a fantasy draft and set-up my league. I wish EA would have told us specifically that 5 days prior to release that we would only get a few hours of game time.....otherwise I would not have signed up. I never usually complain about things but this time I feel totally duped by EA.  More info would have been appreciated, it I guess it was too difficult to add a few lines of vital information to the EA Access description.

They should have called it EA Assume because EA made an "ass out of you and me"

yd816er
yd816er

First off , i don't know why all these idiots keep saying that you're paying for a demo. EA access is about the games in the vault that's what you are paying for, what's so hard to comprehend about that? The early access to a full game for 6 hours isn't a demo, a demo is a sample of something not a full version, gaining access to full games is just a perk. To the people who keep complaining about madden saying ," Oh it looks like madden 10, come on now get real go get a picture of madden 10 and compare it to madden 15, it looks nothing alike. Just because you suck at madden , don't go around saying that bull. Last get over that NFL 2k5 was the best and EA bought the NFL rights, go do your research the NFL chose EA and they were willing to pay what the other companies couldn't, it's that simple. NFL 2k5 sucked badly, i played it when it came out and it was trash , idk why people are lying to themselves saying that game is better than madden, it isn't even better than Tecmo Bowl. Go play your goofy square player 2k5 and stop searching for madden info to whine about.

LiquidSnake0066
LiquidSnake0066

There is always a catch! Could it be that EA is shifting the business model knowing that the customer will pay for DLC. Example Battlefield 4 premium $50.00 and all the different coaching and player upgrades as well as MUT packs. EA may be ahead of the curve if the push to go cloud based is successful. This move will reduce the cost of production. less boxes, less discs and less shipping and increase profits. It is not gaming friends... It's gaming business.

eviilz95
eviilz95

What the hell has happened to the EA Sports Season ticket then? Anyone who has the season ticket should get the FULL game 3 days early! In this case Madden 15.

It would make sense for the Season Ticket to work for both Xbox One and 360 because it's under your Xbox Live Profile which can apply to either Xbox One and Xbox 360.

clutch4icecream
clutch4icecream

30 bucks a year for full access to what could potentially be a rather large library of games in a couple years, I can play them whenever i want, Never have to sell them... hmmm never pay full price... get access to 6 hours of the full game five days before the competition (Which is far better then a demo IMO) How does this sound like a bad deal to people? Meanwhile on my PS4 i can rent a game for 30 days for 10 bucks.... so if i rent 3 games in 1 year for 1 month there is 30 dollars... but at the end of those months i dont have access to those games anymore, EA for once might have something going for them.


bjshepp05
bjshepp05

Playstation Plus charges $9.99 a month to play 30 minute timed trials of full games.

No one cares.

EA Access charges $4.99 a month to rent games for 6 hours.

It's the worst thing ever, because it's EA.

jammdawg71
jammdawg71

well i subscribed to the ea access hub and i think it adds good value to my xbox library especially for titles i wouldn't normally buy like sports titles, i feel sports titles are overpriced at $60 a pop and will not pay that much for a game that loses its trade in value so much after a year, and besides that they have more than just sports games i am currently enjoying battlefield 4 campaign and peggle2 i deleted madden 25 not really into football and the jury is out on fifa. what i think is great about the service is that i subscribed for $4.99 to try it out i will get all the achievement points for the games i played and if they dont come out with anything next month i will cancel my subscription simple as that i will wait till something else that comes out that i want to play but don't want to pay $60 for 

othermoon2
othermoon2

First, stop with the X1-PS4 fanboyishness, its annoying. Now then, I am very happy that I decided not to buy early access -- Instead of speaking in hyperbole about the topic allow me to be simple. EA is not in touch with its fans. They try to nickel and dime the customers. Early Access used to give us full access to the game, now it has be stripped down. I understand that with a thirty dollar purchase I can have access to the vault AND the vault will contain mostly sports game (which by the time they release into the vault, they will be "last years version.") 


Here is the good news -- We do have a voice and it can be heard. EA tried applying the online pass to its sports games, to rid the market or pre-owned sales. In only a few years the online pass was disbanded, EA admitted it was not a good idea. this was because main stream fans (not just hard-core gamers) spoke-out. The same can be done for EA Access. Our strongest voice is our wallet -- I am not saying "Hey, do not buy (insert EA Sports Title)." I am saying do not buy EA access; at least not until the vault has a wider selection of games and/or until they reverse this "new version" of EA access, which is simply unacceptable. 


So, complain and purchase...complain and purchase...and complain and purchase. OR we put our foot down and say "No!" Write to EA, tell them how we feel. Hit forums with intellectual and well thought-out opinions. OR continue to complain, buy the game and sit-in gamer purgatory where the only thing we do is argue why one system is better.


"If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change." Michael Jackson

ima_flyguy
ima_flyguy

The most innovative things EA does lately is invent new ways to screw people over!

LethalMigraine
LethalMigraine

all I can say is if you thought you were getting the game 5 days early, you're an idiot, and you don't know how to read.   EA is not going to give away new games for free.  the 5 days early has been a try before you buy period since the program launched, and people like Chris, need to learn how to read so they don't post garbage stories like this just to get the toddlers of the gaming world bitching about it.

dc_gav
dc_gav

If EA Access is a service that we pay for (monthly/yearly). I dont understand why the game is only released for 6 hours of game play. If this is a pay service the game should be at least available for play until the Monday before the offical release. The reason we pay for it, is for the perks, and to me 6 hours really isnt a perk. 

Vodoo
Vodoo

Sony didn't opt-in for EA Access because they're trying to rob people blind with PlayStation Now. Don't buy Sony's bs line about EA Access not providing value; it offers more value than PS Now. They just don't want any competition for their new wallet-grabbing service.

dino7c
dino7c

how does the playstation now beta being a bad deal make this a good deal...can't they both be bad?

xcollector
xcollector

Why would anyone want to play a Madden demo when you know it will be the same thing as last year.

VenomousOne
VenomousOne

I'm continually astounded at all the ways EA thinks up to be jerks to potential customers.

Martyr77
Martyr77

It's the same game as last  year and the year before......and the decade before that.

dogman7
dogman7

I have never played, owned or watched a Madden game, but 6 hours of the full game seems like a good deal... I don't see too much of a problem here.

waffleiron88
waffleiron88

Its only madden people, the entire game you press like 3 buttons

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

They don't want you to play an entire season and find out that the Seahawks repeat as superbowl champs.  Too many Bronco fans wouldn't buy the game.

smackdowner360
smackdowner360

Im enjoying EA access more publishers need to do this.Hell i paid $30 for a year already have 4 games and more great deals to come.Hell of alot better than playstation now which is highway robbery 

Ereheru
Ereheru

I bet as they add games to the Vault, they will slowing increase the price of EA Access, because they certainly don't want us to get $5.01 of value when we only spend $5.00 a month...

nickdastick
nickdastick

I'm a little disappointed that you can get access to the games 5 days in advance but you only get 6 hours with is. I purchased the EA Season Pass on 360 and you got the game 3 days in advance with no time limit. So that part of it did suck to see, but for $30 to get to access to 4 full games (with more to come) and to get early access in any form to games is still well worth it IMO.

atopp399
atopp399

Just play last year's game. '15 will be the same thing with an updated roster.

drysprocket
drysprocket

And so begins the first of many little catches to this "bargain" that EA has put forward. Can't wait to see what's next.

naughtygamer806
naughtygamer806

After reading some of these comments I came to a conclusion. Many of these people need to get a job. They act as of 5 bucks is gonna break the bank. I guess if they give EA 5 bucks they might not eat for weeks.

savagetone
savagetone

@hb21lmfresh  your question (My point is what money is EA losing by only giving us the game for 6 hours as opposed to 4 days) The Answer simple . Why would a company give access of four days to any game in question ? so lets say Hardline was the upcoming game and its single player can be finished by a player in about 8 Hours max at the most. why would i then purchase the game at all if i can finished the game in 8hrs and then had 16hrs plus three more days to play it online ? its that simple its ridiculous that anyone thinks playing a full version of a game for more then 6 Hours is a Rip Off. Ea Access is what it is and all terms are subject to change if you even bother reading the terms which most don't. Don't get it twisted i don't approve of EA tactics in the past especially after dropping the ball on BF4 .but it is what it is and as a whole EA access is worth the 29.99 a year for titles you would of spent a lot more if you purchased them individually . so yeah that about rounds it up to you're answer on why not more then six hours and if you're not happy with that ask for a refund and then shell out the other $35.00 plus tax so you can buy the full version of one game .that make you happier.

onebucgamer
onebucgamer

IF you actually played the 6 hour demo you might have a point, but your take is seriously FLAWED! I purchased the early access. And on the XBOX ONE, there wasn't a clear message that the Madden demo would be 6 hours, like there was once you attempted to play. So ANYONE with a HS education would come to a logical conclusion that the sell of the product is MISLEADING. I purchased the online game and have ALWAYS purchased Madden from day one, so I am disappointed with the six hour hold. Playing more than 6 hours and stopping it at the release of Madden wouldn't by any wise hinder REAL MADDEN PLAYERS (who have actually made this game a success) from purchasing the game.

sdstephens74
sdstephens74

At least now we know. That's why I bought a month and not a year. This will be my first and last month on their service. Limit it to three days like in the past, but don't limit gameplay hours. I took vacation for this for goodness sake.

xwingman29
xwingman29

Called xbox and cancelled my EA Access for a full refund.

steveerich
steveerich

I have EA access and yes it is a deal but this really pisses me off. I was not the least bit skeptical of EA access at first and now I realize what I should have been. Its not that's its a bad deal. If you like the games and don't own them its a great deal no matter what way you look at it. I am annoyed with Ea avoiding all questions and putting false perceptions into my head that are not true. When they released early access they said games would be available 5 days before the launch and they made it seem like it was for the 5 days. Second they said on the website they needed to decide when they would add games, like a month after they come out. Though this would be awesome I don't see that happening. If it was there would already be a new game in the vault. I can tell there are quite a few EA games going to be left out of the vault, so its making me realize how mediocre this deal really is. It is a deal but really nothing that special. 6 hour trials that other people can't play, an old and barely refreshed vault with not even all EA titles no matter how old they are, and avoiding all the important questions in interviews. I am beggining to second guess my purchase but it is still soon so I guess I will have to wait and see just how far my $30 gets me

othermoon2
othermoon2

@bjshepp05 I understand your point and what you are ignoring is the original early release model that they implemented on the 360/PS3 systems. Yes, I get a large library now AND most games will be out-dated sports titles. Playstation Plus did not offer a game for 5 days free, and then change its policy. EAs decision to change there operation is one among the many errors that they have made in terms of customer/service relationship.

joenm84
joenm84

@bjshepp05 To be fair PS+ is $50 a year if you want continued access to the games you get. EA Access being $30/yr & XBox live at $60/yr. PS+ & XBL can be found cheaper if you jump on sales when you see them. I don't know anyone that pays by the month for these services unless they don't play games for large stretches of time. I don't even remember the last time I played a demo/trial of a game. YouTube and Twitch provide enough for me to see if a game looks fun and user reviews and Google help out with the rest.


But because this is EA, I have no doubt this will not work out the way they planned or advertise in the long run.

cubanb804
cubanb804

@bjshepp05 Hey Hey Hey don't forget about the crappy $5 indy games PS plus gives you too....

Greyfox-101
Greyfox-101

@othermoon2 I'd rather have full access to a game for 6 hours without having to buy it than have an extremely limited demo that is entertaining for maybe one hour and doesn't reveal the full content of the game. 

cubanb804
cubanb804

@othermoon2 Can you please explain to me how $30 for a year of playing Fifa 14, Madden 25, Battlefield 4 and Peggle 2 is not a good value? Basic math will prove this is a great value. I love the EA Access as do all of my friends. The demo is only good for 6 hours. Big freaking deal, if you like the damn game then buy it, if you don't like the game don't buy it. I don't know how EA is screwing anyone (in this situation). When EA Access came out I traded my Fifa 14 and Madden 25 disc to gamestop for $45 credit. I then used $30 to sign up for EA access for a year. So Not only did EA allow me to get $15 credit at gamestop they also allowed me to play BattleField 4 and Peggle 2. Also they are giving me 6 hours to play the new Madden before it comes out in the store. WTF else could you want??? Sounds to me that YOU are the one trying to nickle and dime EA. I agree EA has messed up in the pass ie the online pass thing, but I think you are wrong about EA Acess. I think everyone that likes the EA games currently available for X1 should purchase the EA Access so EA will want to add more games to the vault.....

ima_flyguy
ima_flyguy

Its better than EA access, over a hundred games from over 50 studios, backwards compatibility and no subscription so you just take it or leave it, or a few old EA Games for a monthly fee hmmhmmm?m? And this only six hours even though you payed your subscription give me a break that is money grabbing, penny pinching, cow patt.

ima_flyguy
ima_flyguy

They are old EA Games that you can buy for next to nothing, and most people Interested in those games probably bought them in release? Ps now has over a hundred games from over 59 studios and no subscription so you take or leave it when ever you like and the tariffs are very good value now with the exception of the first one for a few hrs. Also ps now makes ps4 backwards compatible... all that compared to a 4 old EA Games we already bought on release hmmm.?

ima_flyguy
ima_flyguy

What? Over a hundred games from 50 studios backwards compatibility and no subscription?? Or 4 old EA Games we already bought on release and you can buy for a couple of dollars from used game section at most stores and your tied to a subscription so you bought then whether you want them or not! Lol Ok hmmm! ...

Javier
Javier

@drysprocket What "catch"? This was said since EA announced the service.  "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"

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

@naughtygamer806 I would rather have a midget poop in my mouth then Give EA annual money for half assed mediocre pay to win games.

naughtygamer806
naughtygamer806

Yes let's all be mad at company's because we as consumers don't bother to inform our selfs about what we are buying. It's all their fault that because they put in writing what they offer, and we are to lazy to read.

MrFreehuggs
MrFreehuggs

I would rather have a midget poop in your mouth also

sdstephens74
sdstephens74

Oh I read what I was buying. They were intentionally vague about a time limit. It will change in the future. When they see people dropping the service they'll remove the time limit and I'll be back. I'm a fan of EA. Love all the sports games and bought Early Access every year since it's inception.

naughtygamer806
naughtygamer806

I'm sure sonyonly will be happy to agree to that, I'll be enjoying my EA acces while you and him work out the details. Have fun

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

@MrFreehuggs By the way I can download and play a demo for free for as many hours as I like typical EA Scum.

kane6911
kane6911

@naughtygamer806 i'm not a little person i am willing to do that for you. 

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

@kane6911 Yer you are probably into that sort off stuff and Animals and OAPs.

kane6911
kane6911

@naughtygamer806 all he has to do is open wide and say ahhhhh lol. might eat some red beans and taco bell before though. lol  

naughtygamer806
naughtygamer806

Just make sure you give him something to wash it down with. I don't want the lil guy to choke.