No more carte blanche.
The cracks are starting to show in EA Access- at least in EA Access’ promise to offer every single EA game available to Xbox One owners pre-launch for ten hours, without restriction. We already learned that Respawn’s Titanfall 2 will be skipping an offering on the service entirely– and now we are learning that FIFA 17 will be fairly limited in its EA Access pre-release incarnation, too.
Unlike the previous few years, where the entire game was offered to players carte blanche, with just the overall 10 hour play time limit applying, players will only get to play Ultimate Team and ‘some’ of The Journey, the single player story career mode, in FIFA 17 on EA Access.
EA have not yet explained why exactly these restrictions exist- while the ones on the Story mode do even make some sense, the restrictions on all other modes do not. In any case, FIFA 17 will be on EA Access starting September 22, ahead of its full launch on September 29. Meanwhile, a FIFA 17 demo independent of the service is going to be available starting tomorrow.