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EA Access Members Get 10 Hours Of Early Battlefield Hardline Time

EA has a second announcement for members of its Xbox One-exclusive Access program today. Earlier, we reported that NBA Live 15 has entered the vault, making it the eighth such free-with-membership title.

Today, EA has detailed it’s early play time plan for Battlefield Hardline. The publisher is increasing the amount of time you can enjoy the title before release from six hours of previous titles to ten hours.

You’ll have access to both single- and multiplayer, though the campaign only offers the prologue and first chapter. All of the maps and modes are included on the multiplayer side.

For more on Battlefield Hardline, check out our previous coverage. The title will be out on March 17 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC. Early play time starts on March 12 for EA Access members.

 

Our Take
It’s good to see EA increasing the early play time for Access members. For those that might be on the fence about this different take on the franchise, being able to try before you buy might be most useful. There’s a lot riding on the success of Battlefield Hardline (including redeeming the brand after Battlefield 4). Good buzz from EA Access members could be a powerful force.

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PSA: NBA Live 15 Joins EA Access Vault

EA has added another title to its Xbox One-exclusive subscription service. EA Access members can now play NBA Live as part of their membership. This makes the eighth full title available in the program.

Other titles available include EA Sports UFC, Battlefield 4, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, Need For Speed Rivals, Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14, and Peggle 2. In addition to full titles, members also get access to EA games early.

For more on EA Access, visit our previous coverage.

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EA Access offers first look at Battlefield Hardline

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Sony Online’s H1Z1 Hits Steam Early Access

You can now get an early look at Sony Online's upcoming zombie survial multiplayer game.

H1Z1 is now available as a Steam Early Access title. There are two tiers of Early Access: Standard ($ 19.99) and Premium ($ 39.99). Standard gets you three event tickets, two crates, and one crate key, while Premium gets you 25 event tickets, three airdrop tickets, six crates, four crate keys, and an Aviator Hat crafting recipe.

SOE is very keen on getting feedback from players during this early access. It's posted a blog entitled "What You Can Expect From H1Z1 Early Access," which is a pretty detailed – and frank – evaluation of the game and its most notable flaws and areas for improvement at present time.

The developers are also encouraging Early Access players to leave feedback about the game on the game's official Reddit and the offiicial H1Z1 forums.

The H1Z1 Early Access is now available on Steam.

SOE has also released a new Early Access trailer for the game, which you can watch below.

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Our Take
There's no denying how popular Early Access passes are in video games today. On the one hand, it's great that developers are actively involving the community in the development process. It's obviously something gamers want. Still, the more cynical part of me thinks companies have basically just convinced everyone to pay to be in their public betas. Oh well, it's your dime.

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