Want to try out Battlefield 1 before it comes out, extremely cheap? If so, Origin access has its first must-use for you. Battlefield 1 has been added to the service, giving 10 hours of playtime across two single-player missions, plus four multiplayer modes. You don’t need to pre-order or jump through any hoops beyond the £3.99 / $4.99 Origin access subscription fee, which refreshed monthly but can be cancelled at any time.
A sure-fire bet for the most hotly anticipated upcoming PC games.
To do so you just have to head over to Origin and grab the client, then sign up for the trial inside. It’s then a 40 gig download, but you have until the release of the game to get your 10 hours worth, plus access to a bunch of other stuff. Details on that also on the official site.
Any progress you make in the BF1 campaign will be carried over, as well your online account rankings, progress and matchmaking data. There is also some debate on the official subreddit as to whether you’ll be able to get an extra 10 hours through a pre-ordering glitch, by paying for the full game once you’ve already used up your time and it resetting. This apparently worked with other recent Origin access releases, but whether EA has closed the loophole remains to be seen.
Even without that glitch, it's a pretty great deal. A brand-new triple-A title to demo for 10 hours, with basically unrestricted multiplayer and a couple of campaign missions? It's not free, but it's not like it's the only thing you get for the price of a particularly large bag of crisps. Titanfall 2 won't be coming to Origin Access, so you don't get to double up this month, but it's still pretty good.
Since you can now play it, why not let us know what you think of BF1 via BetterCritic, our reviews engine? You can enter your very own Battlefield 1 review right on our site.