EA have announced a surprising new subscription scheme exclusively for Xbox One owners that will grant access to numerous titles for little cost.
For $4.99 (about £3) a month or $29.99 (about £18) a year subscribers will get access to EA’s so-called Vault, from which you can then download any of the games included in the service. Since EA Access is in beta currently only four games are available: Peggle 2, Battlefield 4, Madden NFL 25 and Fifa 14, with more titles due soon.
“We have partnered with Microsoft to deliver EA Access, an all-new monthly (or annual) membership for gamers exclusively on Xbox One.” States the official site. “The service is being rolled out in beta to a limited number of players today, but it will launch for everyone on Xbox One soon. At EA, we are always looking for new ways to make it easier for gamers to play more EA games across all platforms, and we are excited about what EA Access will offer to players on Xbox One.”
In addition your subscription will get you 10% off on EA digital content, be it DLC or a full game. Currently this applies to Use your 10% discount on Madden NFL 15, Madden Ultimate Team, Battlefield 4, Battlefield 4 Premium, FIFA 15, FIFA Ultimate Team, EA SPORTS UFC, Need for Speed Rivals, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, Peggle 2 and NBA LIVE 14, with “more titles coming soon.”
Furthermore subscribers will also gain access to new games five days before the official launch, and any progress will carry over to the full game upon release. Beware, though, it sounds like new games will be need be purchased at full price as they won’t be getting immediately added to the Vault, which is not unsurprising given how cheap the subscription service is.
“If you’re an EA Access member, you can download upcoming EA games five days before the release date to play for a limited time. Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA LIVE 15 and Dragon Age: Inquisition are all included, with more to come. If you love it, buy it, and you can pick up right where you left off.” Reads the blurb.
Essentially it sounds like a Netflix service for Xbox One. The pricing seems like incredibly good value for money, which explains why there’s already a lot of suspicion on forums. For once it seems like the general public have a memory longer than just a few days and remembers the many questionable decisions made by EA in the past. Still, as it stands this seems like a great idea. It will be interesting to see if other publishers, especially those with extensive back-catalogues of games, decide to launch a similiar system.
EA Access will ge available to the general public shortly in both North America and Europe.