For reasons unknown, Electronic Arts makes the decision to launch Titanfall 2 without an EA Access free trial or discount, but the perks could come to the game later on.
For $4.99 per month, EA Access and Origins Access subscribers receive a number of benefits, including free games, discounts, and trials to play unreleased titles. These benefits have applied to virtually all of EA’s titles since it introduced the program a couple of years ago, but Titanfall 2, one of the company’s biggest games of 2016, is skipping EA Access entirely.
To date, no official reason has been given as to why Titanfall 2 is skipping early access or the other benefits of EA Access. But for those wondering, there are a couple of different possibilities that could explain why the high profile shooter won’t have an EA Access free trial or 10% discount at launch.
One possible reason why Titanfall 2 won’t enjoy EA Access benefits is due to the game’s single player story campaign. If Respawn allows PC or Xbox One players to access the Titanfall 2 campaign earlier than PS4 owners, then there’s a greater chance PlayStation gamers will run into spoilers online, which could ruin the story for them.
However, when one looks at Battlefield 1‘s free trial period, DICE limited the campaign to just a handful of levels. Theoretically, Respawn could do the same in regards to Titanfall 2‘s pilot/Titan action story, which would make spoilers a non-factor. Therefore, a more likely scenario is that Respawn pushed for Titanfall 2 to launch simultaneously across all systems to ensure fairness for players playing the game’s multiplayer mode, regardless of platform.
After all, Respawn has teased in the past that Titanfall 2 will support PC/PS4/Xbox One cross-play. If this ambitious feature is in fact introduced to the game at some point, then it makes sense for players on every platform to start at the same time, so that no one has a head start. Furthermore, Respawn has stated in the past that it didn’t make the choice to have the first Titanfall skip PS4, so maybe it feels as though it is making it up to PlayStation gamers by allowing for release date parity.
As part of its deal with EA, Respawn actually owns the rights to the Titanfall IP, and so it makes sense for it to want to protect the image of the brand for gamers on all platforms. In the meantime, it’s worth noting that we don’t know for sure why Titanfall 2 is forgoing EA Access benefits at launch, but it is possible that the perks could be added at some point in the future.
Titanfall 2 will be available on October 28th for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.