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EA launches Origin “Access” subscription service

Today, EA launched a subscription service for their Origin platform. It’s priced at $4.99 USD/£3.99 GBP per month, and gives unlimited access to several games, listed below:

-Battlefield 4
-Dragon Age Inquisition
-Battlefield Hardline
-Battlefield 3
-SimCity (2013)
-FIFA 15
-Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare
-Need for Speed Rivals
-Dead Space 1, 2, and 3
-Dragon Age 2
-Dragon Age: Ultimate Edition
-The Sims 3
-This War of Mine

The subscription also nets you a 10% discount store-wide for the rest of EA’s titles, and provides early access to demos and some betas for upcoming games.

Am I the only one not really seeing the value proposition here? All of these games are at least a year old, and anyone that wanted to play them likely bought them between now and their respective launches. The addition of charging people for early access for demos and betas also feels kind of filthy.

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The launch title for the early access part of the subscription is Unravel, a game noteworthy for it’s endearing but awkward presentation at last year’s EA E3 Presser starring the textile inspired protagonist Yarny however subscribers wont be able to access it till February 4th. The service can only improve from here, provided they keep it going long enough and add things to the “vault” on a regular basis. Given the history of such programs from EA however (The Xbox One program they launched a year or so ago), I’m not holding my breath.

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  • Mike Antley

    Gotta disagree a bit. I think Access on the One Is quite good. Love the trials and older games in the Vault. Wish it was more apparent when they are doing what, but I’ve got no issues.

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