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EA's Origin Access Premier goes live on Monday 30th July

by Mark Tyson on 27 July 2018, 15:11

Tags: Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA)

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EA announced its Origin Access PC games subscription service back in January 2016 (the similar EA Access service for Xbox One gamers started up in July 2014). Now EA is readying a premium version of the service, Origin Access Premier, with early access to a wide range of EA titles.

Currently, a subscription to Origin Access in the UK costs £3.99 a month or £19.99 a year and provides; an instant collection of 122 PC games to play as much as you want, new EA games trials before they’re released, and 10 per cent savings on Origin purchases. The releases available in 'the vault' are mostly titles at least 6 months old. There is no FIFA 18 in there, for example but FIFA 17, and the likes of Cities: Skylines, Battlefield 1, Titanfall 2, and NFS Payback are present. To differentiate from the new service, current Origin Access accounts will be relabelled 'Basic'.

EA revealed more about its Origin Access Premier plans at the recent post earnings conference call. CFO Blake Jorgensen said that the service is going live on Monday 30th July and shared the US subscription prices - it will cost $14.99 a month or $99.99 a year. But what do you get for that significant price hike to go 'Premier'?

The most premium part of the new offering is that Origin Access Premier subscribers will get early access to every new EA title. They will get access five days before any title's official release date, as well as full access to EA's back catalogue. This full access, plus the rest of the 'Basic' benefits, will be active for as long as the subscription is active.

The Verge rationalises the new pricing plan's appeal, suggesting it is good value if you just want to blast through "two or more EA PC titles at launch over the course of a year and are unconcerned with traditional notions of 'ownership'." You could play the new Battlefield V single player, and run through Anthem in a month for $14.99 while checking out the service as a whole, it suggests. It is also noted that EA is starting to include titles from other publishers, like Warner Bros’ Batman Arkham series.

Origin Access Premier was first revealed back at E3 2018. Check out the trailer above.



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Totally worth subscribing if you commit to multiple EA titles every year, if you only ever play one however, for example battlefield or Fifa, then it would probably be worth just purchasing the game still so you can keep it after the subscription would usually end. If you are not too overjoyed by the current titles but are thinking it is a good idea so you can always access the latest games, then it is quite risky as you are essentially funding games that are not even out yet which could be a complete flop (looking at you ME: Andromeda).

Good value if you know what you want it for, not so good if you are having a gamble with what might be.

The basic account, provided it keeps this current pricing, seems far better value to me in all honesty (Who cares if you are 6 months behind at that price right?).
EvilCycle
The basic account, provided it keeps this current pricing, seems far better value to me in all honesty (Who cares if you are 6 months behind at that price right?).

That's just what I was thinking. I want to give ME: Andromeda a go to see if its as bad as they say and I also wanted to play through the Titanfall 2 campaign. Unfortunately it does involve giving EA money which I am not keen on. Still £4 a month is a lot to risk…
If any of you are going to subscribe to origin access be careful of their poor security, my account was hacked by someone russian that even changed my security question, i even called and they actually rejected my call and i searched everywhere for a way as i had the subscription active and i had to use a loop hole in their own security (something about fifa that made you subscribe) so it forced my account to change my security question then i changed language and password. So f**k EA security and everything related to them. I had the service on for about a year and i hardly played anything besides the titan fall campaign and a few matches and nfs payback, that russian moron played the whole nfs and got half the achievements. Then after a week a coworker got his account stolen too but he didnt manage to get it back.
an instant collection of 122 PC games

Of which there is a lot of “filler” in terms of ancient games (that probably don't have an active online element for multiplayer).

It's what, £20 for a year currently to access that part of the service, what's the equivalent going to be for accessing the premier version? £99.99? That doesn't add up when you factor in the exchange rates, especially when it's digital content with no real additional costs involved. Equally as pointed out, it really does depend on the games, I'm definitely not going to pay to be a beta tester while they get things right for anything I might want to play around launch.

I can live without EA games, this isn't going to entice me considering their past record of launching incomplete or buggy games, or ones with terrible micro-transaction models that are essentially pay to win.
Rejuvination
If any of you are going to subscribe to origin access be careful of their poor security, my account was hacked by someone russian that even changed my security question, i even called and they actually rejected my call and i searched everywhere for a way as i had the subscription active and i had to use a loop hole in their own security (something about fifa that made you subscribe) so it forced my account to change my security question then i changed language and password. So f**k EA security and everything related to them. I had the service on for about a year and i hardly played anything besides the titan fall campaign and a few matches and nfs payback, that russian moron played the whole nfs and got half the achievements. Then after a week a coworker got his account stolen too but he didnt manage to get it back.

I had exactly the same thing, someone hacked my account bought Fifa 18 with Russian currency.

I only noticed cause i dislike football! and i had emails from Origin saying i had broken online FIFA internet rules when i told them someone had hacked me they shut my account and reopened after i jumped through hoops for two days with them trying to prove who i was.

Iota
Of which there is a lot of “filler” in terms of ancient games (that probably don't have an active online element for multiplayer).

It's what, £20 for a year currently to access that part of the service, what's the equivalent going to be for accessing the premier version? £99.99? That doesn't add up when you factor in the exchange rates, especially when it's digital content with no real additional costs involved. Equally as pointed out, it really does depend on the games, I'm definitely not going to pay to be a beta tester while they get things right for anything I might want to play around launch.

I can live without EA games, this isn't going to entice me considering their past record of launching incomplete or buggy games, or ones with terrible micro-transaction models that are essentially pay to win.

I got Spore added to the collection which is a great game, tried to connect online nothing would work anymore and i already had an account from years ago for it.