Mass Effect: Andromeda joins the EA Access and Origin Access free games library. BioWare’s sci-fi RPG arrives on the subscription platform less than seven months after it released to poor critical and sales reception earlier this year.
Mass Effect: Andromeda was criticised for its gay romances among other things when it launched on PC and consoles back in March.
Mass Effect: Andromeda Goes Free on EA Access
BioWare’s sci-fi epic Mass Effect: Andromeda has officially been added to the EA Access and Origin Access library of free games. EA Access (Xbox One) and Origin Access (PC) offer players a vault of games that they can play, as well as early access to some EA-published titles.
Subscribing to EA/Origin Access costs a monthly fee but accessing the games in the vault does not cost extra. It should also be noted that a free trial is available for players who’d like to try before they put down some money.
EA has previously offered game demo trials of games through its EA / Origin Access subscriptions. This includes games like Mirror’s Edge Catalyst, which was playable for 10 hours ahead of launch. But Mass Effect: Andromeda offers an unlimited playtime and is available to Access subscribers in its entirety, which may come as a surprise given how recent the game released.
The fact that Andromeda is available as part of the free games library so soon after launch reflects how poorly the game has been received. In addition to the gay romance controversy, the game’s portrayal of a transgender NPC was slammed, along with the quality of its facial animations and a narrative that some called ‘meaningless’ and based on ‘colonialist fantasies’.
Reception to BioWare’s game was so poor that the Mass Effect franchise is now on hiatus, with no DLC packs being planned. Although fans were disappointed that the series would be taking an extended break, this time will hopefully give EA and BioWare a chance to go back to drawing board and examine what went wrong. Feedback from EA and Origin Access players should also help Mass Effect get back on track.
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