EA Access is fantastic. The publisher is a punching bag for many gamers, but EA Access is one of the best services to come out in recent years. You can pay $4.99/month or $29.99/year for instant access to over a dozen games and trials of new EA games before they release.
Today, EA is bringing the service to PC and is branding it Origin Access. There’s some good and some bad with Origin Access. First, the bad. There doesn’t appear to be a yearly subscription to Origin Access. You’re stuck with $4.99/month (or $60/year).
Now, the good. Here are the games in the Vault. These are the entire games you get access to as long as you are subscribed. You can subscribe for a month and play them all if you want.
Note: I also see other games including various Command & Conquer titles available through Origin Access when searching through the store.
Notice anything? This War of Mine is not an EA title. Deep Silver helped developer 11 bit studios publish the game. And even more third party games are coming to Origin Access according to EA.
Will The Vault include third party games?
Yep! You’ll be able to play select games from other publishers with your Origin Access membership – and we plan on adding more over time, so your Origin Access library will keep on growing.
Origin isn’t just for EA games. Big name titles like The Witcher 3, Rainbow Six: Siege, Assassin’s Creed and Pillars of Eternity are sold through Origin. I doubt we will see the likes of The Witcher 3 on Origin Access, but we can hope dammit!
I could see maybe Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag being added at some point. It’s already a Games With Gold title on Xbox One.
Here are a couple of other things to note from the Origin Access FAQ. The Vault games will “vary slightly” depending on what country you’re in. Speaking of countries, Origin Access is only available in the U.S., Canada, Germany and the UK right now.
@dex3108 Hey Dejan, it’s available now in the US, Canada, Germany and the UK. More countries will follow soon.
— Electronic Arts (@EA) January 12, 2016
EA is impressing the hell out of me. I love EA Access on Xbox One. And Origin Access could shape up to be just as good. No yearly option is a bummer, but sign me up for First Play with Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. This War of Mine is a great third-party tease for the service. It’ll be interesting to see which other publishers will be willing to let EA put their games on Origin Access.