Maybe it does not like it, but 2019 is just beyond the corner – and with the new year comes the next wave of bigger video games.
One of the first games of this incoming wave is the "Hymn," a huge new online game just by the people who brought you the "Mass Effect" and the "Dragon Age" franchise.
It will soon launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox and PC on February 22 – a few more months – but EA offers the first gameplay feature in December.
Better yet: for free!
Playing games is as easy as signing in with EA Online account here, selecting a platform and confirming your selection.
Significantly, this is not the final version of the game; this is an early "alpha" version, which means gameplay, but still most likely fairly far from the game that will be launched in February. Since the "Hymn" only plays online, EA uses alpha as a server testing tool, as well as a fan-game-testing method.
So when can you play alpha? Soon! It will be set up during the weekend from 8 to 9 December, with different sessions for two days. You need Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus if you want to play alpha on Xbox or PlayStation 4 and make sure that the platform you choose is the only one you will get – you can not choose multiple platforms with a unique EA Online sign-in.
For the taste of what you will experience in the "Hymn" alpha, take a look at this very long video: