EA is launching a new Premier membership for its PC gaming service, Origin Access, next week on Monday July 30. The new Premier tier membership gives PC players access to all of EA's newest titles five days before the official release date.
The announcement was made during an investor call yesterday on July 26. EA CFO Blake Jorgensen announced the release date for the service and that Origin Access Premier will be priced at $14.99 a month or $99.99 a year.
EA's Origin Access Premier differs from the existing Origin Access (or EA Access on Xbox One), which was priced at $29.99 a year. The standard Origin Access service forced players to wait until new titles come to the "vault" to be playable as part of the subscription. The dates for when EA games enter the vault were also unclear and titles like FIFA 18 are still not available in to Origin Access members.
After the launch of Origin Access Premier, the standard Origin Access service will be renamed as Origin Access Basic, but will keep its benefits including access to The Vault, a 10 percent discount on purchases in the Origin Store, and access to the Play First Trials which lets Basic members play up to 10 hours of a new EA game five days before launch.
Premier members will also get a 10 percent discount, but because they'll have early access to new EA games they won't have access to the Play First Trials. But remember that access to these EA games stop the moment your subscription to Origin Access Premier ends. So, you're not technically buying any EA games, just subscribing to the right to have access to them.
Along with Xbox Game Pass, EA Origin Access Premier is one of the few major publishers pursuing a subscription model with this level of access. Upcoming EA games for 2018 which EA Origin Access Premier will give players early and complete access to includes Madden 19, FIFA 19, and Battlefield 5. Check out our FIFA 19 guide for the latest trailers and news.
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