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.
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!