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Is Unbound free in EA Play?

Hi friend! As a fellow gaming enthusiast, you‘re probably wondering whether you can play Need for Speed Unbound for free through an EA Play subscription.

Well, I‘ve got good news and bad news. The short answer is: Yes, you can access Unbound at no added cost with EA Play Pro or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. But those on the basic EA Play plan only get a 10-hour trial. Let me explain…

EA Play Subscription Tiers

EA Play has grown rapidly in recent years – it now boasts over 15 million subscribers! They offer a few different plans:

Basic – $4.99/month or $29.99/year
Pro – $14.99/month or $99.99/year
Ultimate – Included with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate $14.99/month

Here‘s a quick comparison:

Plan Unbound Access Other Benefits
Basic 10-hour trial Discounts, some free games
Pro Full game access New games early access, DLC, rewards
Ultimate Full game access EA Play Pro benefits plus Xbox Game Pass

As you can see, Basic only gets you limited access whereas Pro and Ultimate unlock the full Unbound experience at no extra cost!

Experiencing Unbound with the 10-Hour Trial

Now, you might be wondering what exactly the 10-hour trial entails.

The trial gives you a set number of hours to play the Standard Edition of Unbound. The timer tracks your cumulative playtime. So you can stretch out the 10 hours over multiple gaming sessions rather than having to burn through it all at once.

Progress does carry over if you choose to upgrade to the full version later. But once the timer hits 10 hours, your trial ends until you purchase the game.

My advice? Enable any active XP boosts so you can level up faster early on. Focus only on main story races, and avoid side activities to get deeper into the game within your 10 hour window.

Unleashing Unbound with EA Play Pro

For unrestricted access to Unbound through EA Play, you‘ll need to upgrade to Pro.

This unlocks the Palace Edition, with exclusive rewards like the super stylish BMW M3 2006 Legacy Edition car. You also get in-game currency and cosmetic content.

Plus, you can play as much as you want – no 10 hour timer getting in the way of your street racing domination!

Compared to buying Unbound outright for $69.99, an EA Play Pro subscription nets you Unbound for only $14.99 a month. That‘s a huge 78% discount!

Get Unlimited Unbound with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Now if you‘ve already got Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you‘re in luck! This bundled subscription includes all the benefits of EA Play Pro.

So you can download the full Unbound Palace Edition and play free for as long as your membership lasts. No extra charges at all.

Considering Ultimate costs $14.99 a month, the same as EA Play Pro alone, it‘s a no brainer for Xbox gamers.

Unbound Platform and Crossplay Details

A quick heads up regarding platforms – Unbound is available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC through Steam and Epic Games Store.

However, EA Play is only accessible on Xbox and PC. So PlayStation owners will need to buy Unbound separately.

Fortunately, Unbound does support crossplay. So you can race against friends on other platforms once you‘ve got access.

Rewards, Content Drops and Vault Addition Predictions

EA Play rewards members with exclusive cars, bonuses, discounts and more. I‘m guessing we‘ll see some free cosmetic DLCs for Unbound added in the coming months too.

Early 2023 is also when I expect Unbound to get added to the EA Play game vault. Major titles usually join 6-12 months after release.

For example, It Takes Two was added in May this year, around 7 months after its initial launch. So Unbound entering the vault around summer 2023 seems very plausible.

Once in the vault, even Basic subscribers get unlimited access as part of the standard EA Play game library.

Is EA Play Worth it Just for Unbound?

If you‘re crazy hyped for Unbound and want to maximize your early access, then absolutely, go for EA Play Pro!

But if you‘re on a budget, the Basic plan‘s 10-hour trial still lets you experience a decent chunk of game.

Ultimately, look at the total value EA Play provides. You‘re not just getting Unbound – there‘s Battlefield, Madden, Star Wars, Mass Effect, and a ton more franchises.

So even without Unbound, a subscription may be worthwhile for you. But with their hottest new street racer included, EA Play is very enticing for racing fans.

Alright my friend, that covers everything you need to know about getting Need for Speed Unbound through EA Play! Let me know if you have any other questions.

Happy racing!