Subscribers to EA Access won't be able to play Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order ahead of its release, according to a tweet by the service's official twitter account. The supposed reason: they want to avoid spoilers. Instead, subscribers will get some exclusive cosmetics.
Star Wars #JediFallenOrder launches this week! #EAAccess members get 10% off the game.— EA Access (@EAAccess) November 11, 2019
We've opted not to have early/timed access (Play First Trial), in part to reduce the risk of spoilers. Instead, EA Access members get these exclusive cosmetics!https://t.co/UQ1ZKzOvnh pic.twitter.com/tRV7rQjnQb
One of the major benefits to subscribing to EA Access is the ability to get a 10-hour free trial to its latest and greatest games. Many people were salivating to get their hands on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, since it's the first single-player-focused Star Wars game to hit consoles and PC since Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II came out in 2010 — unless you count the Lego games, pinball games, or that one Kinect game, but those don't feature the kind of gameplay most Star Wars fans are looking for.
There is very little information available about the game's plot, and not releasing the game early will certainly help keep some of its more-important details under wraps until the November 15 release.
What we do know is that players take on the role of Cal, a Padawan who survived Order 66 and must work to complete his training and rebuild the Jedi Order and avoid the Empire's inquisitors that want to stamp out the few Jedi who remain.
While there's no hard evidence that points to any other motivation for there being no early access, that hasn't stopped fans from speculating some more pessimistic reasons for the trial's absence. Some have guessed that the game is short enough to be beaten in the 10 hours that subscribers will be able to play, while others believe that the game might just be bad — and if the game is bad, there's always a chance that word-of-mouth from EA Access players could kill its sales numbers on its release date.
All of that is just speculation, however. All that we can do is sit back and hope that the game lives up to some of the greats that came before it, like the Jedi Knight series, or Super Bombad Racing.