Mass Effect Andromeda: Play the first 10 hours for free on PS4 and Xbox One


BioWare has announced a Mass Effect Andromeda free trial, allowing gamers to play the first 10 hours of the sci-fi RPG on PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One. 

The trial is available to download from the PlayStation Store or via the official Mass Effect website, and is identical to the one that subscribers to the EA Access program have had access to for the past few months. In addition to letting you try the single-player campaign out on the planet Eos, you can also take the multiplayer for a spin while you’re at it.

Mass Effect Andromeda was released in March 2017 following five years of development, and takes place some 600 years after the events of the original trilogy featuring Commander Shepard. This time around, players control newcome Ryder, a pathfinder who is tasked with exploring the game’s titular Andromeda galaxy in hopes of finding a new safe haven for humanity. 

Despite much anticipation surrounding the title, Andromeda was plagued by numerous bugs and other glitches upon launch, forcing BioWare to cobble together a number of updates to polish up the game. Critical reception was mixed however in comparison to the previous games, and the general consensus seems to be that Andromeda ultimately failed to live up to expectations. 

The future of the series currently remains up in the air, although BioWare’s main studio is currently busy working on a new IP in the shape of Anthem for PS4, PC, and Xbox One. Back in May, it was reported that Electronic Arts decided to put the franchise on ice as BioWare concentrates on other projects, although nothing official has been confirmed at this point.