EA Play Free Trial: How To Play 'Battlefield 2042' in Early Access

Battlefield 2042 is currently out in an early access trial period for EA Play subscribers.

Like many recent Electronic Arts titles (including FIFA 22), the military shooter has a staggered release date. While it has not officially launched yet, as the standard edition actually comes out next week, certain fans will be able to play it beforehand if they are willing to spend a little extra more money.

Early access is available now for those who pre-ordered the Gold or Ultimate editions of the first-person shooter (FPS), while a special trial period is running for EA Play subscribers.

When it comes to the latter, you will be granted 10 hours with Battlefield 2042 from Friday, November 12 onwards. Once you have used up this time allowance, you will not be able to play any more until the title's formal release date on November 19.

It is worth noting that this trial will not be abridged like the open beta, as you will have full access to all of the game's content, weapons, maps and online modes. Not only that, but any progress you make in terms of achievements or unlocks will carry over into the proper version as well. In short, the only thing that is restricted here is the length of the experience.

How To Play 'Battlefield 2042' in Early Access Using EA Play

In case you are not familiar with the service, EA Play is similar to Xbox Game Pass, but its library is only comprised of titles published by Electronic Arts itself.

A standard subscription enables you to download featured games like Titanfall 2, Knockout City and The Sims 4, while also giving you discounts on newer releases that have yet to be added to the platform (such as FIFA 22).

Another huge benefit is that members will often get early access to blockbuster titles, as is the case with Battlefield 2042. To redeem this trial, you just need to log in to the EA Play app on your chosen system (it is compatible with PlayStation, Xbox and PC), where Battlefield 2042 will be listed under the "play" tab as the latest addition.

As long as you have an active EA Play membership, you can then click on the game and choose to download its early access trial.

In terms of how much this will cost you, a regular EA Play membership is priced at $4.99 a month or $29.99 a year. It is also integrated with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Game Pass for PC, so if you are paying for either of those services, then you technically already have EA Play and all its associated benefits. You will still need to download the separate app to use it though.

It is worth noting that, if you get Battlefield 2042 through the EA Play trial, you will not actually be entitled to a copy of the game when it does launch. Think of this more like a free appetizer and, as such, you will still need to buy the game once your 10 hours are used up.

How To Get the Full Game Using EA Play Pro

There is an additional "Pro" tier to EA Play.

Those who are signed up to this will not only get to keep Battlefield 2042 after November 19 (for as long as they are subscribed), but their early access period will not be capped at 10 hours either. In other words, it is not a trial but rather an opportunity to download the full game a week early.

In general, the main appeal of upgrading to EA Play Pro is that you will be able to download premium editions of new releases and will often get unlimited early access periods like this.

A Pro membership costs $14.99 a month or $99.99 a year. That might sound steep, yet bear in mind that you will get the Ultimate Edition of Battlefield 2042 with this subscription, which is itself priced at $119.

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EA Play members can access a 10 hour free trial of "Battlefield 2042," while Pro subscribers can get the full game right now. EA Games