EA Announces Origin Game Time, Providing Free Game Time in Full Games
Electronic Arts has announced a new program on its digital platform Origin called Origin Game Time. It's similar to Steam Free Weekends, wherein you get to play full games for free for a limited time. However, the difference is that the clock doesn't start until you launch the game.
The first game to be offered is Titanfall, which should be rolling out across the world over the next several hours. Once it's available in your region, it (and future Origin Game Time games) will appear on the Free Games page. Simply download the game and when you launch it for the first time, it'll start your Game Time clock, which for Titanfall is 48 hours. That's a real-time countdown though, so be sure to start your play session when you have a lot of free time. No matter how much you play, your progress will be saved, allowing you to pick up right where you left off should you decide to purchase the game after your Game Time expires. While Titanfall is a whopping 50GB, if you enjoy shooters and haven't checked it out, I certainly recommend it if you don't have a bandwidth cap. Check out my review if you're on the fence.
Titanfall is just the first Game Time game, and EA says that each Game Time will be unique, with a different game and different amount of time on the Game Time clock. While it's not that much different than Steam Free Weekends, which have been going on for years, allowing you to choose when your game time starts is a nice improvement to the formula.