Update March 20, 2017: With your trial period used up, here's when you can actually play the full game.
Assuming you blew through the 10 hour preview of Mass Effect: Andromeda at the weekend, here's the release times for the final version.
There are two release dates for Mass Effect: Andromeda. More on that particular wrinkle down below, but the first applies to Canada, Latin America (except Brazil), Mexico, Russia, South East Asia and the USA. It will go live at:
- March 21, 00:00 EDT. That is:
- PDT: 9pm, March 20
- ART: 1am, March 21
- MSK: 7am, March 21
- In Korea, it will be live at 00:00 local on March 21.
The second release date is for Africa, Australia, Brazil, Europe, Israel, Middle East and New Zealand. It will go live at:
- March 22, 11pm GMT. That is:
- CET: 00:00, March 23
- AEDT: 10am, March 23
- BRT: 8pm, March 22
- IST: 1am, March 23
- NZDT: 12pm, March 23
Also of note is that some of these regions may just go live at midnight local instead of based on one timezone in their group. Head to Origin and go to the Mass Effect: Andromeda page and it will tell you in the top right your unlock time.
Those of you railing against the injustice of digital oceans might be interested to know that it's possible to use a VPN to authorize your installation during the US release period, with a Korean server providing the earliest possible access. This has worked in the past for various other Origin releases.
Update: It turns out the times we reported below were bang on and the trial is available to download now.
The only thing standing between you and ten hours of Mass Effect: Andromeda is an Origin Access subscription, which is already amazing value without the trial.
Just head to the game's page on the Origin client and click the download button. It looks like this:
Original: Mass Effect: Andromeda's Origin Access trial is almost upon us. While the official line said the trial would begin tomorrow, March 16, it's looking likely that it's actually going to kick off today.
Some people have managed to grab the trial, and the page there says it will be available today, March 15. Here's a screen.
Assuming that's all correct, that means you'll be able to play the ten hour trial at the following times:
- 5:30pm EDT
- 2:30pm PDT
- 9:30pm GMT
- 5:30am SGT (March 16)
We asked EA for comment yesterday, but they weren't sure of exact times at that point. As to not leave players disappointed, this is all EA would say on record: "Early Access will be available for everyone starting Thursday."
Judging by the various screens from Origin floating around the net - particularly on this Reddit thread - it's all settled now, though.
Battlefield 1's trial also kicked off early, so there's precedent for this. It's worth noting that it may not be a global launch, however, and times may stagger, but that's unlikely.