No EA Access, No Demo For Madden 15
For the first time since the advent of online demos, this year’s Madden will not feature a playable demo for all players.
Madden NFL 15 is being released on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, on Aug. 26, but only Xbox One players who subscribe to EA’s new EA Access program will be able to play before the release date. Rather than releasing a demo for these players, EA will release the full game on EA Access five days before the rest of the world gets to play.
While this is great news for EA Access members, pretty much everyone else is left out in the cold. PS4 gamers and Xbox One owners who aren’t EA Access members will not be able to test out the game before buying it for the first time since Madden 06, which released alongside the Xbox 360 and saw a demo shortly thereafter. Since EA has not shown any footage from the last-gen version of Madden 15, Xbox 360 and PS3 players will have to buy the $60 title on faith, having no exposure to the visuals at all.
Polygon reports that EA has not stated whether or not they will do this with other games in the future, but with the company banking so heavily on EA Access, making the $4.99 per month service the exclusive destination for early access makes sense. Time will tell if this arrangement, which is sure to help EA and Xbox, will benefit gamers in any way.