Back at E3, EA made a rather surprising announcement that revealed a new subscription tier for its Origin Access service. Today the company confirmed that the program will begin next week. This comes with a 10% discount on games purchased through the Origin Store, as well as five-day early access to newly released titles and ten hours of play without purchase. "You get access to the full game - yours to play whenever you want, for as long as you're a Premier member".
Now is probably the best time EA will find to launch Origin Access Premier. Now EA is readying a premium version of the service, Origin Access Premier, with early access to a wide range of EA titles. And you can still play the older games that come with a standard Origin Access subscription. "And certainly from a gamer standpoint, the feedback was very, very positive in terms of the opportunity to access more great games at great value with reduced friction", Wilson said.
10% discount in the Origin Store on full games, pre-orders, expansions, Federation Internationale de Football Association points, and more. The price of basic accounts will stay the same too, clocking in at $4.99 per month. But interestingly enough EA is taking a page from the GamePass playbook: before, Origin Access subscribers had to wait until EA rotated new games into the mix. In fact, EA is offering a five-day head start for every single new title to those with a subscription. Then in October, Premier subscribers will get access to Battlefield V and in February, they'll get access to Anthem. Premier will cost $14.99 a month or $99.99 a year.
When it is introduced next Monday, existing Origin Access membership accounts will be refurbished as basic, although their benefits will remain the same as before.