EA Introduces EA Access Subscription Service
Gaming giant Electronic Arts, better known as EA, today introduced a subscription gaming service called EA Access. The service will run at a low-price monthly fee, allowing access to games and exclusive demos from across EA’s development studios.
The service will launch initially as an extremely limited beta on the Xbox One before full launch, although it’s likely to move to other platforms if successful. The initial launch cost will be $4.99 per month, or $29.99 for a year subscription. The games available at launch will be FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4.
EA Access promises to allow full access to these titles as part of its subscription fee. It’ll be interesting to see, moving forward, if FIFA 14 is replaced with 15, Madden 25 with the next version and Battlefield 4 swaps with Battlefield: Hardline when those titles launch.
Other benefits are also included in the subscription price, including a 10% discount when purchasing EA digital titles, with EA promising that Dragon Age: Inquisition and NHL 15 will both be eligible for discount alongside Battlefield 4 Premium and FIFA Ultimate Team Points.
EA Access subscribers will also be able to access exclusive game demos up to 5 days before the general public, with the ability to transfer demo version data into the full releases. The first exclusive access demos will be for FIFA 15, Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, NBA Live 15 and Dragon Age: Inquisition.
Subscription passes for EA Access will also be available in game retail stores including GameStop and Amazon.
Further details can be found over at the official EA Access website – there’s a form to fill in at the bottom of the page to sign up for further updates and find out when EA Access launches fully. There’s also a helpful FAQ here, that can answer any questions you might have.
What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments or on the forums whether this is an improved method of playing EA games, or whether it seems too good to be true.