EA definitely gets a ton of flack and its fair share of memes. One of the company’s best moves had to be the introduction of their Origin Access subscription.
The Origin Access program and EA Access program EA had going on introduced subscription-based gaming to the masses. Those who signed up for the program had quite a selection of titles to play from for just US $5.99/month. These titles, while fairly new, never featured anything out of the blue. The selection of titles had a few major titles from a few years ago and also lacked the enthusiastic appeal that new releases offered.
As EA detailed in their investor call before the revealing Battlefield V, the company is trying to shift their business model to a subscription-based model. With the launch of their new Origin Access Premier platform for PCs, EA’s heading in the right direction. With Origin Access Premier, EA’s got you covered, expect the latest games before launch as well as full updates the game that you download from the vault.
Now, how EA has differentiated their two plans here with Origin Access and Origin Access Premier is by simply increasing the prices for the subscriptions. Those who signed up for Origin Access would get the same games and would also have access to the latest titles before they launch, but for a limited time. However, those who plan to sign up for Origin Access Premier would have full access to the full game before its final launch.
For the Origin Access subscription, you’ll continue paying the usual $5.99. However, for Origin Access Premier, expect fork out $14.99/month or $99.99/year. Not a bad price if you ask me.
If you do decide to pay for an EA title, though, either subscription would grant you a 10% off regardless of the title you purchase off of the Origin Client.
So, let’s talk about the titles that are available on Origin Access Premier, shall we?
We Origin Access Premier, you’ll have access to:
- The Sims™ 4 including Digital Deluxe content with Dine Out and Kids Room Stuff
- Star Wars™: Battlefront™ II – Includes instant access to the Millennium Falcon (Lando and L3-37) and 50,000 Credits. Members who have already received Lando’s Millennium Falcon will be given 35,000 additional Credits instead.
- EA SPORTS™ FIFA 18
- A Way Out
- Unravel™ Two
- EA SPORTS™ Madden NFL 19 Hall of Fame Edition (August 2, 2018) – Includes Hall of Fame Edition pre-order bonuses and 50,000 MUT Coins.
- EA SPORTS™ FIFA 19 Ultimate Edition (September 20, 2018)
- Battlefield™ V Deluxe Edition (October 11, 2018)
- Anthem™ Legion of Dawn Edition (February 15, 2019)
At the moment, there’s over 128 games in the Premier vault. However, the title count would only increase from now on. Given EA’s history of offering some of the best games in the industry, I would bet that many players won’t mind forking out $20/month, especially when you have an ocean of other games to try out as well.