EA adds new Origin Access premier membership that includes Anthem head start

    
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Do you trust EA with your money? Want to do so on a regular basis? Then you are set up and primed for the company’s new premium Origin Access subscription service.

This service, which is now live, adds a $15/month “premier” subscription tier on top of its previous $5/month basic service. The service promises a five-day head start access for titles, extra currency for games, and all of the access to current and upcoming games that are covered under the basic tier.

You’ll get some new titles with the service too, including The Sims 4 and Star Wars: Battlefront II. Origin Access is also going to be handling BioWare’s Anthem, giving players a head start date of February 15th, 2019.

What wasn’t sent out in EA’s press release, however, was the fact that the company has quietly discontinued its free “on the house” game giveaways that it used to hold on a regular basis.

Source: Press release, Origin Access
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Vicarious Fan

pretty much. I got the cheap service the $4.99 a month (bought it for $29.99 for the year) and its not bad really. A healthy collection of games, all the battlefields, the lego batmans and the Arkham games.

Honestly probably the only good thing EA has ever done.

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Sray

If the full gamut of EA Sports games had been made available to this service then this would have a huge upside; but with the sports lineup out of the picture, EA only publishes one or two big titles per year, and an additional two or three EA Originals, making the overall package not particularly appealing. They’re launching this while missing far too much content: the only EA Sports games available on PC right now are FIFA and Madden. Sports games are EA’s bread and butter (the financial impact of games like Battlefield, Anthem, and Star Wars is pretty small compared to sports and mobile titles), yet they’re launching their supposed premium subscription service with only two games from their actual money making line up. No NHL? No NBA Live? No UFC? It’s moronic. No video game sportsball means no money.

PC gamers in particular have big problems with losing access to access to games that they consider they’ve paid for in any way. This means the thought of losing access to a game like Battlefield or Anthem if they choose not to renew their subscription, or being asked to “pay again” (purchase separately) if they didn’t use their subscription for much other than playing one of those games, will push many away from bothering with the service.

For FIFA and Madden whales, this probably holds some value due to the discount on points for microtransactions; but even then it’s really only for those at the upper ends of the spectrum. The 10% discount on FIFA and Madden currencies will only pay for itself if the person is already spending $100+ USD per month on points.

As it stands right now, this service has a very limited appeal. I think it was a huge mistake to launch without at least NBA Live and NHL on PC.

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rafael12104

So, I’m curious. What does the 5 dollar a month access give you now? Lol! A free look at the EA logo?

Because it sounds like Premier has swallowed up early access and beta.

They make it easy to err.. dislike… them with a passion don’t t they?

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Sray

The crazy thing is that the basic version still has a lot of value for now: don’t doubt they’ll start holding a lot more back from the basic service in the future. However, at the moment you still get all the good stuff that you were already getting. Right now, the Premier tier is paying three times the price for about 10% more value.

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Vicarious Fan

I got the basic service back in Febuary and i’ve been pretty happy with it. The games are pretty current. It’s got Battlefield 1 as well as other games.

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rafael12104

Good to know. Thanks.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

So this is the launch of the much-vaunted Games as a Service? Or Rent-a-Game.

$15 a month to not own anything? Because what’s the difference between paying a sub to WoW to not own anything and a sub to EA to not own anything?

Amirite?

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Cypher

You are Right! 100%
Also, how does this affect mods? Can you mod a game you only rent?

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Jack Pipsam

So a more expensive, but less featured version of Xbox Game Pass.

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Malcolm Swoboda

This didn’t work out well for MEA.

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Alex Hyer

It looks awful. And it looks like the death of Bioware.

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Sana Tan

“Do you trust EA with your money? ” This is why I like MassivelyOP xD

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Anthony Clark

Shame it’s not including SWTOR.

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A Dad Supreme

No version of EA Access is available on PlayStation 4. According to Sony, the service does not offer the kind of value PlayStation fans have come to expect. That being said, Sony maintains that it is open to having a dialogue with EA about how it might be able to bring EA Access to PS4 someday.

As a PS4 owner, this apparently is not a good deal for me, as it’s not even available. I’d have to double-dip on my PC which isn’t ideal.

Perhaps this is a better deal for Xbox or Nintendo players.