EA launches Origin Access, $4.99 monthly subscription for PC games

Electronic Arts have announced that the Xbox One exclusive service EA Access will be coming to Windows PC under the the name Origin Access.

 

 

The service is a monthly subscription to EA‘s Origin digital distribution platform. Setting subscribers back $4.99 (USD), the service offers PC users the same kind of benefits as those on Xbox One. These benefits include pre-release trials of upcoming EA games- essentially demos, a long forgotten relic to many publishers-  and access to The Vault, a collection of premium free full-game downloads. At time of writing, The Vault contains 15 games including Dragon Age: Inquisition, Battlefield 4 and Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare; with EA stating they will  add more titles over time.  Subscribers of Origin Access will also be eligible for a 10 percent discount on all Origin purchases, including full games.

Unlike its Xbox One counterpart, Origin Access will only be available on a month-to-month payment option, forgoing the option of a $29.99 annual subscription — half the price of the monthly payments added up over the course of a year — like they do with EA Access.

EA also stated that games in The Vault, as part of Origin Access, will not be limited to EA published titles, with 11 bit Studios’ This War of Mine being the first one available at launch.

EA also notes that Origin Access is available only for Windows PC, not Mac games.

Unfortunately- like many services- Origin Access isn’t available in Australia yet.  Currently the subscription service is available in Canada, Germany (€3.99 per month), the U.K. (£3.99 per month) and, of course, the U.S.

EA said it plans to  launch the service in more countries soon.

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