Four months after the underwhelming release of the latest installment in the Mass Effect franchise, Electronic Arts and BioWare will launch a free trial for the game on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Game makers broke the news via the game’s official Twitter page today, inviting players to give Mass Effect Andromeda a try.
The “Play First” trial is basically equivalent to what was available for EA Access and Origin Access subscribers. In terms of single-player content, the trial allows you to play the prologue mission and explore the first open-world planet in the game, Eos. Multiplayer mode is also accessible in this free trial. The demo is available until 1 November 2017.
If you decide to buy the game, all progression can be carried over to a purchased copy so there’s no need to start over. Mass Effect Andromeda is currently marked down to $20 at US retailer GameStop.
Fight for a new home in a dangerous galaxy. The Mass Effect: Andromeda Trial is now available on all platforms! pic.twitter.com/t4r2kvyenc
— Mass Effect (@masseffect) July 13, 2017
You can download the demo for PC here, for PlayStation 4 here and for Xbox One here. Simply look for the free trial option, which should be listed next to the full purchase price, and you’ll be able to download.
Mass Effect Andromeda was released March this year, but reception has somewhat been disappointing with mixed to average at best. Since the game was made available through EA’s early-access program, gamers have been complaining about severely lacking characters animations. Bioware later released a series of patches to fix some of the issues based on fan feedback, the most recent of which includes a new Platinum difficulty for APEX multiplayer missions.
“For patch 1.09, we’ve continued to improve facial animations in Mass Effect: Andromeda, as well as fixing a number of player-reported issues,” the developer explained. “We’ve also added Platinum difficulty to Multiplayer, featuring a new mixed enemy faction.”
There’s a rumored Mass Effect Andromeda DLC arriving soon, but it hasn’t been confirmed yet.