EA is about to try a little something new. Soon, they’ll launch a public beta of a new service called EA Access. Think Netflix. A subscription service for games.
EA Access will be exclusive on Xbox One. The service will costs $4.99 per month, or $29.99 per year and will allow access to The Vault. The Vault is just like what it sounds. A vault for EA developed games. The first slate of games available on the service will be FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Battlefield 4 and Peggle 2.
EA’s including several other features besides The Vault. One that is sure to pique the interest of many gamers is Play First. “Membership in EA Access lets you experience trials of new EA games up to five days before the release date,*” according to EA. That asterisk means certain conditions, limitations and exclusions apply.
Still, EA will launch the Play First feature with Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA LIVE 15 and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Like the game after playing the trial? Buy it and your progress carries over according to EA.
Other features of EA Access include 10% off on purchases of EA digital content through the Xbox Games Store. This covers DLC and full games.
EA Access sounds great for hardcore EA fans and sports game fans.
One thing I think is being overlooked is EA’s confidence in its upcoming lineup. We all saw the debacle that was Battlefield 4’s launch. With EA giving EA Access members trial access to upcoming games before release date, they have to be feeling confident in their products. Gamers are easily disappointed and aren’t afraid to show that on various gaming forums and social media.
It will be interesting to see how quickly games are added to The Vault. This move also means EA games on Games With Gold or Playstation Plus probably won’t happen.