In September last year, an EA-made survey began to do the rounds. Teasing a Netflix-like subscription service for PC, the survey quizzed takers on when new games should be available via subscription, whether DLC should be offered and who should be involved as well, with games from EA, Activision, Ubisoft and more all being possible.
At the time, fans were positively giddy at what it could mean – readily available games that would cost less to play – and people were eager to know more. After many months of waiting, EA has finally revealed all, having now officially launched a new PC game subscription service called ‘Origin Access’.
EA Launches Origin Access
According to EA, Origin Access is an “all-you-can-play membership service for PC gamers.” Allowing PC gamers to unlock ‘The Vault’, subscribers will gain access to “a growing collection of PC games that you can download and play as much as you want”), and they’ll also be able to play upcoming EA games before they’re released and they’ll bag a 10% discount on full games, DLC, pre-orders, expansions, FIFA points and “more”.
Unfortunately, just a small list of games are available in the Origin Access vault at the moment including Dragon Age: Inquisition Digital Deluxe, Battlefield 4, FIFA 15, Dead Space 3 and This War of Mine. The Xbox One equivalent service, EA Access, has a much larger vault as some titles are console exclusives (e.g Madden NFL 15 and EA Sports UFC) but EA promises that Origin Access members will gain access to “select games from other publishers” so hopefully The Vault will add more goodies soon.
As for Origin Access’ price, in North America it will set you back by $4.99 a month, whereas in the UK, an Origin Access membership costs £3.99 a month. Those in the UK may not be best pleased to know that the membership costs 77 cents more than the North American version (per the current exchange rate), but perhaps EA will sweeten the deal in some other way.
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