Electronic Arts (EA) may have been voted worst company in America last year, but they’re doing a good job of undoing all the discontent with great game releases. Next on the list of awesome EA things is something called EA Access, a subscription service that EA announced today and coming soon for Xbox One that will get more of its games into gamer’s hands for less.
Welcome to EA Access, a new membership kicking off on Xbox One! Access to The Vault, discounts, & more! Learn More: http://t.co/laaY10bpTf
— EA Access (@EAAccess) July 29, 2014
The idea of the subscription is that you get access to a predetermined “Vault” of games, which currently comprises of FIFA 14, Madden 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4. EA promises that the library of games in the Vault will be added to, and will also enable subscribers to get early access to games. Upcoming EA titles like Dragon Age: Inquisition and future sports titles will be playable up to 5 days ahead of their release dates, and all progress garnered during this time will transfer to the final game too. That’s not all either: subscribers to EA Access will also get a 10% discount on all EA titles, DLC and in-game currency, which is useful for acquiring games like Titanfall, which aren’t included in the EA Access Vault.
So how much can you expect to pay for all this? Not much at all, as it turns out. EA is offering subscriptions to EA Access for either $5/month or $30/year (in USD). According to the EA Access site, it looks like it will be launching in North America and Europe first, but Kotaku Australia has confirmed that the service will also be launching Down Under for the slightly more expensive prices of $6.99/month and $39.99/year (in AUD). More expensive, but still very attractive.
I’m definitely going to be getting myself a subscription to EA Access whenever it goes live over here: are you keen on a service like this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.