Today, EA revealed the next generation of digital distribution in gaming known as EA Access. For a small subscription fee, $4.99 a month or $29.99 a year, you can access a collection of EA games only on Xbox One for the time being. Access is currently in beta and has only 4 games available now: FIFA 14, Battlefield 4, Peggle 2, and Madden 25. More games are to come within the near future. Trails and Demos can also be accessed via this service for both older and upcoming games.
Not only does EA Access give you “The Vault”, EA games that were on Xbox One prior to Access, new games will be offered as well. A 10% discount on all EA digital purchase on Xbox One is offered as well as early access to some games. The newest editions of Madden, FIFA, NBA Live, NHL and the highly anticipated Dragon Age: Inquisition can be played by subscribers to EA Access up to five days prior to release. On Major Nelson’s blog he addressed this point saying that “Starting 5 days before release, you’ll be able to try the game for at least two hours and then save your progress, once you purchase the digital or physical copy, you can use your save game and continue the experience.” More titles are to come to this category of early access says EA.
Although a release date has not been set, EA says that Xbox One owners can expect its launch sometime this summer. More information can be found on EA’s blog here:
A mix of Origin and Netflix, Access seems to be an alternate solution to the typical approach to gaming. Offering gamers both older and newer titles at a small monthly fee digitally could be both a cheap and easy way for consumers to get the games they love.
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