Electronic Arts added a new feature to its Origin digital distribution client today: Game Time
, a free game trial program that lets you download the full version of a featured game and play it as much as you like for 48 hours.
Game Time seems like a clear attempt to one-up Steam's "Free Weekend" program, which regularly allows Steam users to download a featured game and play it as much as they like within a strict timeframe.
Origin's new system is a bit different -- the 48-hour real-time window doesn't open until participants launch the game for the first time, affording users a bit more freedom in how they use the service.
is the inaugural Game Time offering, though it's not the only game EA is giving away through Origin -- the company has been sporadically releasing its older games (Dead Space
) for free via the On The House
program, presumably in an effort to entice people into signing up for Origin accounts.