Need for Speed Rivals races into the EA Access Vault

Electronic Arts’ still-young Xbox One subscription program EA Access will soon add another game to its “Vault” of free-for-subscribers games: Ghost Games’ Need for Speed Rivals. Like fellow Vault titles Battlefield 4Peggle 2Madden NFL 25, and FIFA 14Rivals was a launch window release for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. There’s no date set for the release, but EA promises that Rivals will enter the Vault “in the coming weeks.”

The new addition is meant to drum up interest in EA Access as the service launches in an additional 19 locations, including Brazil, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Chile, Colombia, Portugal, Turkey, South Africa, UAE, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and Greece. You’ll still need an Xbox One to subscribe, and it’s not clear yet what the price will be in these new territories.

Related: EA Access: What is it and what does it mean for you?

There’s also some clarity on which upcoming releases EA Access members will be able to sample prior to release. For September 2014, both NHL 15 and FIFA 15 will be available to play as early as five days before they come out — September 9 for the former and September 23 for the latter — but only for six hours. Any progress made in those games carries over into an eventual purchase, so you’re not wasting time playing the full six hours if you plan to pick up the full release.

For more details on all of this, check out EA’s announcement post and subsequent FAQ.

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