Madden NFL 15 through EA Access on Xbox One is now available to download as a timed trial. Subscribers to the service will get six hours of play time, with the timer ticking down whenever the game is loaded regardless of whether a game is being played, menus are being navigated through, or if there is any activity taking place at all. So make sure to exit out and close the application from the Xbox One home screen when not in use.
The trial will expire at the turn of Tuesday regardless of whether the six hours have been used when a full copy will be required to continue playing. Game saves are stored on the hard drive so progress in Connected Franchise, Ultimate Team or any other modes will carry over. The complete game is accessible during the trial period.
EA Access was announced in late July and is exclusive to the Xbox One because Sony decided against offering it to PS4 consumers. It includes the “Vault” which offers unlimited play with some older games from the company’s catalog, 10% off all digital purchases, and the ability to play games up to five days before they release for a limited timed trial. EA Access is $30 for a full year or $5 month-to-month.
[Update] The latest in the long line of mishaps by EA recently – you can download Madden through EA Access but you can’t actually play it. At 100% fully installed, the game won’t start because it says it’s not fully installed. So if this is happening to you know that it’s happening to everyone.
[Update #2] 3 1/2 hours late but the Madden trial is now playable through EA Access.