EA Launching Exclusive Xbox One Subscription Service
EA's back catalog of games will soon be coming to the Xbox One for a pretty modest price. The publishing giant just revealed its EA Access program, an Xbox One-exclusive game subscription service that will let gamers access EA's "Vault" for $5 a month or $30 a year.
According to a press release, the EA Access launch lineup will include Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25 and Peggle 2, with more titles coming later. Subscribing to the service will also get you 10 percent off any EA digital content, including downloadable add-ons and full digital copies of games.
The sweetest part of the deal are the included game trials, as you'll be able to demo select EA games up to five days before release and keep your saved files if you decide to buy the game. This feature will debut with the role-playing game Dragon Age: Inquisition, as well as EA's fall sports lineup: Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15 and NBA Live 15.
This service seems like an evolution of EA's Season Ticket on PS3 and Xbox 360, which lets players play EA's sports games 3 days early and provides discounts on paid downloadable content for $25 a year. There's no word on whether EA Access will replace Season Ticket, but it seems likely.
Given that EA Access' starting game lineup is from fall 2013, it seems like EA games could take about a year after retail release to hit the service. While this means that you'll always be getting out-of-date sports titles, it could end up being a good value for EA fans that aren't concerned with having the newest games.
With EA Access, Microsoft could be inching a step closer to Sony's $50 annual PlayStation Plus service, which is widely lauded for offering free monthly games and frequent discounts. Xbox already jumped on the free games bandwagon with its Games with Gold program. Giving gamers exclusive access to an EA subscription program could make the console enticing for those who swear by franchises like Madden, Battlefield and Dragon Age.
EA hasn't announced a release window more specific than "soon," but the company noted that you'll be able to buy subscriptions from GameStop, Amazon or right from your Xbox One. Stay tuned for more info on EA Access once we get our hands on it.
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