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EA has quietly launched Origin Access today, giving PC gamers an opportunity to subscribe to EA’s content in the same way that Xbox One gamers have been since August of 2014. For $4.99 a month, Origin Access gives you unlimited playtime with EA titles such as Battlefield 4, The Sims 3, and Dragon Age: Inquisition. In addition, gamers will also get similar perks that EA Access members get, such as early trials of new EA published games (starting with Unravel next month), and a 10% discount on almost all purchases across Origin (including DLC and third party titles) that can be stacked with sales and promotions. A few titles with special deals, and Star Wars: The Old Republic are not eligible for the discount at this time.

The list of fifteen games included in the initial Vault for Origin Access is as follows:

  • Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition Digital Deluxe
  • Battlefield Hardline Digital Deluxe
  • Battlefield 3
  • SimCity (2013)
  • 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
  • This War of Mine

More games are promised to be added to the vault over time. Origin Access at launch matches the scope of the EA Access Vault, with fifteen games a piece, and EA has slowly and steadily added new titles over the course of the service’s life. The Vault may vary some depending on your country. Additionally Origin Access is only on PC, and does not with Mac, or presumably, although not stated definitively either way, Linux.

Unlike the similar EA Access program on Xbox One, Origin Access does not have a yearly subscription option, and instead requires the monthly $5 fee to continue playing. This works out to a yearly price of $60 for Origin Access, which is double the yearly $30 for EA Access when bought all at once. 

Quick Take

I’m very excited with EA rolling out this service on the PC platform, although the initial Vault lineup does seem a bit sparse when you consider the depth of what Origin has to offer. Origin has given away many of their classics in the past, so throwing them into this service seems like a no brainer, and Titanfall on PC desperately needs the player boost that a program like could provide. It’s interesting to see This War of Mine show up on the list as well, which means that EA is open to expanding this option to indie developers.

Are you going to check out Origin Access? Are you still staunchly against EA’s Steam replacement? Why don’t they put Syndicate and The Sabetour in the Vault so more people play them? Answer these questions and more in the comments below!

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  • Choppinfoot

    $5 USD a month? What’s to stop you from beating everything interesting in a couple of months?

  • Cytos Lpagtr

    a 8h day job :p

  • Riddle

    While even I have to admit $5 a month is a bargain, this will be a “they were all of them deceived, for another Ring was forged” scenario. Like early access, DLC, and season passes, this will start off seemingly like a good deal until it becomes industry standard exploit and we’re all paying $15 a month to “rent” each and every game instead of owning it. Nothing good will come of this, and I will not support it.

  • GeekVariety

    Regardless of your feelings about the ORIGIN platform, this is kind of a smart move in a lot of ways. For one, this may actually cut down on piracy to some extent. They are practically giving away titles with the whole vault deal, and potentially bringing in customers that would otherwise not want anything to do with the brand. The selection is such that it appeals to a pretty broad demographic of gamers, and the price is so ridiculously low that its an easy entry point for damn near anyone that may be on the fence about paying full price for any of the games on the list. I like the idea of this a lot, but 4 of the games on the list are pretty much wastelands as far as multiplayer games go and don’t add much value for single player experiences, if at all.

  • Sounds like netflix

  • Robert Grosso

    not sounds like, pretty much is for a lower entry cost.

    And considering rental culture from the 80s and 90s back in the day, it’s actually a fairly common sense thing if you ask me. The only aspect lost is ownership of the license (which is a gray area to begin with), which can be good and bad depending on how EA uses their service.

  • At least this isn’t over bloated with sports games like EA access for the Xbox. Odd that Titanfall isn’t on the list, they must be trying to pull the plug on it.