Electronic Arts on Friday announced a new program called Origin Game Time that’ll let you play full games free of charge for a certain amount of time. It kicks off this weekend with Respawn’s shooter Titanfall, a game that’ll be free to play for two solid days. It sure beats a game demo, no?
Titanfall will show up on the Free Games page in Origin – simply download and get to playing. The countdown clock will begin the moment you start the game for the first time, ticking down in real-time regardless of whether you’re actively playing or not. You’ll have a full 48 hours with Titanfall so use it wisely.
Once the timer expires, you’ll have to option to purchase the full game and pick up the action right where you left off. If it’s not for you, no worries – simply carry on as usual.
Titanfall is just the first of what’s likely to be a long list of Game Time titles in the coming weeks, months and – if successful – years. EA points out that each Game Time will be unique: a different game, a different amount of time on the clock and so on.
It certainly seems like a cool idea but whether or not it actually works out that way remains to be seen. By that, I mean, what sort of impact will the sudden flood of new gamers have on the servers? And what’s more, is the influx of new gamers going to spoil the fun for seasoned veterans?