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If fans weren’t already hyped for the return of Mass Effect, we have another bomb to drop on you folks. While the game will be launched on the 21st and 23rd of March for the US and Europe respectively, those eager to revisit the Mass Effect universe in the franchise’s fourth installment and so courtesy of the game’s upcoming free trial. What free trial, you ask? Both Xbox One and PC players will have access to a 10 hours trial of the game. The trial will take place on the 16th of March which is strategically placed a week prior to the game’s launch. For Xbox One, players will get the trial via EA Access whereas Origin Access will handle the PC version.



The even cooler part is that whatever progress you end up getting down within the trial will be carried over when you buy the game and upgrade it to permanent. This makes the trial that more enjoyable. And just because it’s called “trial” should fool you into thinking that we’re talking about a demo or beta build. Nope, the full Mass Effect Andromeda experience is coming to players for free, for 10 hours. Even the multiplayer mode will be enabled so that you can get a feel of both spectrums of the title.

This trial will be the perfect opportunity for fans to learn more about Mass Effect Andromeda ahead of actually buying the game, since little to no light was shed on the project by the officials behind it. There were promises of some Andromeda gameplay footage prior to release, but so far that hasn’t materialized. It’s true that there still is time until halfway through March when the game drops, but players’ best bet is to get their hands on the 10 hour trial when it becomes available, as nothing can give you a better idea of how a game’s going to turn out than actually playing the game.

Mass Effect Andromeda marks the return of the ME franchise and also potentially of Commander Sheppard. While everything we know about the upcoming sequel points towards a Sheppardless experience, we have been graced with a teaser trailer in late 2016 that ends with a female voice saying “This is Commander Sheppard”. Talk about confusing your audience.

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