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BioWare and Electronic Arts are attempting to reach out and gather up more players by releasing a free 10 hour trial for Mass Effect: Andromeda. The trial is available right now and will be available throughout the rest of summer and into the fall.
DualShockers is reporting that the free trial will be available from now up until November 1st, 2017 for the Xbox One and PS4. The free trial is the same 10-hour free trial that BioWare and Electronic Arts let loose earlier this year just ahead of the official launch for Mass Effect: Andromeda during the middle of March.
The trial was previously only limited for those who had access to EA Access or Origin Access, giving them the ability to play-test the game by creating a character and exploring the first tutorial area that helps setup the game's story, and then later allowing players to explore the first planet.
Players will be able to experience part of the main Pathfinder quest, as well as take on some of the side-quests as well throughout the trial. The 10-hour trial thus includes a lot of the gameplay elements of Mass Effect: Andromeda, including being able to freely roam around most of the planet in the Nomad rover, battle some of the new enemies in the game known as the Kett.
Unlike previous Mass Effect titles, players now get to see when the enemies spawn into the play area via dropships, allowing players to adapt and react accordingly.
The trial also allows players to experience the new free-form class structure for the Ryder twins. This is designed so that you can sculpt and build your character the way you want without having any restrictions on how you develop your character. Previously you were locked into roles in the original Mass Effect trilogy, where once you picked something at the beginning you were sort of stuck with it throughout the rest of the game. Not only did this determine what sort of abilities your Shepard could use, but it also determined what sort of weapons you had at your disposal as well.
With Mass Effect: Andromeda it's possible to outfit your character with whatever weapon you feel best suits your play-style and to advance them with Biotics and special abilities accommodating your role-play preferences.
All of these features are present in the new free trial that's up and available for gamers to play-test right now.
This comes shortly on the heels of BioWare's latest 1.09 update for Mass Effect: Andromeda on PC, which removed the Denuvo anti-tamper digital rights management security software. There still hasn't been any word as to why BioWare removed the DRM from the game, but it basically makes it easy-pickings for pirates and crackers.
Fans, however, are a bit disappointed that Electronic Arts has still been mum about any sort of single-player DLC expansion packs. The company has so far been silent about any sort of DLC for Mass Effect: Andromeda, and multiple reports indicate that no new DLC will be arriving for the game.
Then again, maybe if enough people play-test the 10-hour free trial and bolster the sales, EA might reconsider investing in some single-player DLC for the title.