Electronic Arts has just released Origin Access, a subscription service for their online PC game distribution platform, Origin. The service works like this: you pay 5 dollars per month for access to 15 full games for the duration of your subscription. A subscription also brings additional benefits, such as early access to trials and demos of both existing and upcoming EA games. One promoted trial is for the upcoming platformer game, Unravel, for which a demo will be available starting February 4.
An additional benefit is a discount for all Origin Store games, DLC and add-ons, which will stack with sales.
This service is similar to the EA Vault access which was available for Xbox One for a while, the only difference being the lack of sports games, due to them being console exclusive. With this service, EA might finally steal some of Steam’s userbase, due to it being an amazing deal for new gamers that don’t have an existent library on PC.
What games are available?
The current full games available are: Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe Edition, Dragon Age Inquisition Digital Deluxe Edition, Battlefield Hardline Digital Deluxe Edition, Battlefield 3, Simcity, FIFA 15, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, Need for Speed: Rivals Complete Edition, Dead Space 3, Dragon Age II, Dead Space 2, Dragon Age: Origins – Ultimate Edition, Dead Space, The Sims 3 Starter Pack and This War of Mine.
The trial service advertised does not feature any trial at the moment, but it does advertise upcoming trials for Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 and Unravel through pictures on the trial page.
If this service will be any similar to the EA Vault, then the game selection will not change, but more games will be added over time. Given that 60 dollars is the price of a triple A game on release, this service is really accessible to a player who is new to PC gaming and doesn’t have a huge game library. To others who already own most of these games, the service might not be worth it, but EA is sure to add more triple A games to it in time.
EA also stated that progress carries over from EA Access to full games if you decide to buy them and stop paying for the subscription.
At the moment, EA Access is only available in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Germany, with “more to come soon”. We don’t know how quickly they will act, but with such a great deal, we hope that more regions will get this service as fast as possible.