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EA brings its game subscription service to PC as Origin Access

EA brings its game subscription service to PC as Origin Access

January 12, 2016 | By Alex Wawro

Roughly a year and a half after launching EA Access on Xbox One, Electronic Arts is trying the same schtick -- pay a monthly fee for access to a library of EA games -- on PC as Origin Access.

Most notably, this suggests that the company saw enough success with EA Access -- which company CFO Andrew Wilson once said was explicitly designed to make subscribers feel as if they were getting one over on the company -- to try and roll it out through its Origin game platform on PC.

Like EA Access, Origin Access affords subscribers a discount (10 percent) on Origin purchases, early access to downloadable trials of EA games and access to a "Vault" of older EA PC games that can be downloaded and played at will.

Unlike EA Access, there does not appear to be a $30/year annual subscription option for Origin Access -- subscribers' only option is to pay $5/month.

The service's library currently encompasses 12 games, from Battlefield: Hardline and This War Of Mine to Dragon Age: Origins, and is advertised as something that will expand over time.

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