You don’t need to wait for the FIFA 16 release date and Madden 16 release date to play the new games on Xbox One. EA confirmed today at the Microsoft Xbox E3 press event that gamers who subscribe to EA Access can play Madden 16 and FIFA 16 early this year.
With EA Access on Xbox One, gamers can play the new EA titles five days early. This is not available on the Xbox 360, PS4 or PS3.
EA Access offered a similar service last year and in addition to offering the joy of playing early it does give gamers an edge of their friends who don’t pay for EA Access by letting them learn the new controls and nuances of the updated games.
On stage at E3 2015 Peter Moore, COO of EA, announced new EA Access details and confirmed that Madden 16, FIFA 16 and the new Need for Speed game are part of EA Access’ play early advantage that will let gamers play before the official release.
This is not a FIFA 16 demo or a Madden 16 demo, but the full game. As part of this plan, gamers also have the full game downloaded for the release date so there is no need to download or install the game, even if you buy it on disc.
EA Access play early offers five days to play FIFA 16 and Madden 16 early, but you cannot splurge play for the whole five days. You can only play each of the early release games for five hours each.
That’s disappointing for some gamers who want to become a master at the game before the rest of the world gains access, but in our experience it is enough time to learn about the gameplay and the average game may only have six hours to play FIFA 16 and Madden 16 ahead of the release.
With EA Access’ early FIFA 16 release date gamers get the full version of the game to play and all progress is saved and carried over to the retail release. The same goes for the early Madden 16 release date, including Madden Ultimate Team progress.
EA Access is $5 a month or $30 a year. In addition to the early access to EA games there is an EA Vault that contains a number of recent releases that gamers can play. The games in the EA Vault are the full versions including FIFA 15, Madden 15, UFC and many others. For gamers who don’t own a lot of Xbox One games this is an affordable way to add to their library.
The Madden 16 release date is August 25th. With EA Access the early Madden 16 release date should land on August 20th.
EA confirmed the FIFA 16 release date for September 22nd in the U.S., which means the early FIFA 16 release date arrives on September 17th.
Later today we will see more information about both of these games at the EA press conference where we expect a FIFA 16 gameplay trailer and a Madden gameplay trailer plus an in-depth look at the new features in both of these games.