Mass Effect Trilogy will soon be free on Origin Access for PC

Origin Access subscribers will soon be getting a ton of games for free as well as early access to Mirror's Edge Catalyst.

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The Mass Effect trilogy will soon be available to play for free for Origin Access members, Electronic Arts announced today.

Between May and June, Origin Access members will be able to play the following titles for free as they’ll soon be added to the service’s Vault:

  • Mass Effect
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Trine
  • Trine 2: Complete Story
  • Dungeons of Dredmor
  • Medal of Honor Allied Assault
  • Peggle

Origin Access members will also be able to try Mirror’s Edge Catalyst for a limited time with its Play First Trial ahead of its launch on June 7.

EA didn't provide any exact release dates as to when the above games would be made available within Origin Access' Vault, although if we had to guess, we'd say the Mass Effect trilogy would most likely enter The Vault some time around E3.

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    May 5, 2016 9:33 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Mass Effect Trilogy will soon be free on Origin Access for PC

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      May 5, 2016 9:50 AM

      I really wish they'd add controller support for ME (specifically 3) on PC.

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      May 5, 2016 9:53 AM

      Does that include all DLC?

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        May 5, 2016 10:39 AM

        Hahahahahahaha this guy

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          May 5, 2016 2:14 PM

          ? It was a genuine question, bud

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            May 5, 2016 2:52 PM

            EA's model for mass effect for the past few years has been to sell the game dirt cheap but never lower prices on DLC. So I'm highly doubting that they'll give the DLC away for free now. We can hope though.

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        May 5, 2016 10:19 PM

        I guarantee it does not.

        Combined the Mass Effect DLCs are something like $100, and they've been using versions of ME3 and ME1-3 as loss leaders for 3 years.

        Releasing it on the $5 a month Origin Access is no different, it just means they get ~$12 less while having chance of increasing the install base beyond that of the almost saturated levels it is currently.

        It's still a means by which to get people psychologically invested enough they then consider purchasing some of the never discounted DLC which then provides EA with residuals the likes of which they otherwise wouldn't see. This is true for consoles as well, given that most copies of the base game at this point are to be assumed used copies.

        Games themselves have short half-lives of profitability, and this is a 'clever' way of extending the monetary life of a popular brand. While nowhere near as bad as many consumer abusive F2P models, this one is "smart" for profits but still sucks for the consumer.

        TL;DR The profitability of the brand relies upon DLC sales.

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      May 5, 2016 10:38 AM

      I just.....cant imagine signing up for Origin access, and while it doesnt hurt me at all I'm a little uspet it even exists.

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        May 5, 2016 11:51 AM

        Wellllll I don't know, five bucks and you do get a lot of shit. All 3 dragon age games, apparently now all the mass effect games, BF4 + all the dlc, all the dead space games, tons of sports games... if you were interested in even some of that you could subscribe for a few months and play a ton of shit for 15 bucks.

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      May 5, 2016 10:59 AM

      I'd change the wording from "free" to "available to Origin Access subscribers" because I forgot Origin Access was even a thing.

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      May 5, 2016 11:55 AM

      Wtf is an origin access member?

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      May 5, 2016 2:30 PM

      Come on EA, give me that sweet remastered ME trilogy. I just need an excuse to buy it a third time on a new platform.

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      May 5, 2016 2:31 PM

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        May 5, 2016 3:00 PM

        http://www.shacknews.com/chatty?id=34911187

        Agreed. Shitty wording.

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        May 5, 2016 3:03 PM

        People advertise the free games on PSN+ and XBL Gold the same way, it's always bugged me but you can't really expect them to call it out for Origin alone and not absolutely everything.

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          May 5, 2016 3:57 PM

          You know fir $45-50 a year I pay for XBL it's has more than paid itself off in free games. I really don't get all the whining about it still.

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            May 5, 2016 9:11 PM

            I'm on the complete other end of this. So I guess I'm just a whiner. I'd rather not pay to play games online, or at the very least be able to use my 60 dollars a year to buy content I want, instead of what Microsoft or Sony thinks I should have.

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              May 5, 2016 9:17 PM

              I have a lot of fun with the games they put up, and a lot of time it's not necessarily something I'd even buy, but they surprise me sometimes. :)

              To each their own though, obviously. :)

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              May 5, 2016 9:21 PM

              They've given me plenty of games I otherwise never would have played and enjoyed. Or games I skipped out on that I didn't get around to playing. Also even if it's a game I already own, it's nice to have it digitally now.

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      May 6, 2016 1:47 AM

      All movies on Netflix are free too!

      Has the Shack turned into some marketing puppet? Low quality!

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