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FIFA 15 Released Early on Xbox One via EA Access

Subscribers permitted to play for six hours throughout week preceding general release.

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Electronic Arts is giving Xbox One owners the chance to play the full version of FIFA 15 one week ahead of general release.

Those who subscribe to the EA Access service can play the soccer sim now for a total of six hours. Saved data and progress will also carry over once the full game is released.

"You can play all of the trial at once or spread your gaming over several days. Either way, you'll get regular updates letting you know how much time you have left," EA wrote on its website.

The publisher adds that the six-hour allowance is still being used if the game is running in the background on Xbox One. "Be sure to quit the game when you're not playing in order to maximize your game time," EA said.

FIFA 15 goes on general release on September 23 across North America, across Europe two days later and in the UK specifically on September 26. That means EA Access offers a six-hour introduction to the full game a week ahead of launch.

EA Access is a new $5/month games subscription service that, as well as granting users with early admission to its major releases, also features a growing list of games to play for free.

Free games on EA Access include Battlefield 4, Madden NFL 25, and Peggle 2. Customers have unlimited ownership of these titles for as long as their membership lasts.

Electronic Arts originally wanted the service to appear on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but Sony rejected the membership deal.

Internal tests by GameSpot's editorial team suggested that the game has yet to appear on US consoles. EA has said the rollout process has begun, so content should unlock shortly.

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