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EA launches Origin Access, PC gaming subscription service

Electronic Arts is bringing the EA Access model to PC, giving gamers access to some excellent deals and making it that much harder to complain about their Origin service. Back in 2014, Electronic Arts announced EA Access, an Xbox One exclusive service that would give players access, for a subscription fee, to full Xbox One games and early access to new EA titles. Additionally, discounts are available on all EA games through the subscription.

All of that is heading to PC. Origin Access will begin with 15 games in the vault – not all EA games – as well as the early access to upcoming games and a 10 percent discount on all Origin purchases. Like EA Access, Origin Access will cost $5 per month, though it won’t have the yearly payment option that Xbox gamers get access to.

For $5, you can play the following games on PC via Origin Access:

  • Battlefield 3 Special Edition
  • Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe
  • Battlefield Hardline Digital Deluxe
  • Dead Space
  • Dead Space 2
  • Dead Space 3
  • Dragon Age Origins Ultimate Edition
  • Dragon Age 2 Special Edition
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Digital Deluxe
  • FIFA 15
  • Need for Speed: Rivals Complete Edition
  • SimCity (2013)
  • The Sims 3 Starter Pack
  • This War of Mine

This War of Mine is not an EA game, which means we could see just about anything appear on the service. The opening salvo is a good collection of popular multiplayer games, solid action, roleplaying, and sports, with a dash of variety toward the end. If you missed out on Dead Space or Dragon Age, this is an excellent way to catch up. It’s also a low-risk way to try your hand at massive modern warfare with Battlefield.

EA doesn’t seem to see this eating into their profits of day-one sales. Talking to GamesBeat, EA CMO Chris Bruzzo talked about innovating for “different types of players,” with some players showing up for the vault or the early access. Bruzzo said that both kinds of players “have a much higher likelihood to buy the full version of a game or play games that are part of the subscription service.”

Whichever you are, this seems like an excellent deal, and with games like Unravel and Need for Speed hitting PC soon, the early access is sure to come in handy.

GamesBeat

Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...

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