EA announces Netflix-esque game subscription service for Xbox One

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 01:58 PM Written by 


EA is attempting to change the conventional way to play games exclusively on the Xbox One. The company announced EA Access today, a subscription-based service that will unlock some of the publisher’s most popular games.


For the monthly price of $4.99, or $29.99 annually, EA Access subscribers will have unlimited access to “FIFA 14,” “Madden NFL 25,” “Peggle 2” and “Battlefield 4.” These four games will be available during the service’s beta period, and more games are said to be added soon.


EA Access members will also be given membership perks. Members will receive 10% off digital purchases of EA games for Xbox One. The discount will be included for EA membership services like Battlefield 4 Premium and FIFA Ultimate Team points.


The subscription service will allow members to play new EA games before they are available to the general public. Subscribers will be able to play trials of new EA games up to five days before they relase. Games listed in the announcement are “Madden NFL 15,” “NHL 15,” “FIFA 15, “NBA LIVE 15” and “Dragon Age: Inquisition” with more coming later. If the game is purchased later, progress will carry over from the trial.


EA Access memberships can be purchased at GameStop retail stores, as well as online. No word on a release date for this new subscription service. The announcement says it will be available “soon.”



The announcement does not explain if this will be a streaming service, or if subscribers will be able to download the full games locally. If it’s like Sony’s similar PlayStation Plus service, the games will be downloaded, but members will lose access to the games once the subscription runs out. EA has been contacted for clarification.


EA Access marks a surprising move by a major publisher. Subscription services are popular ways to consume TV, movies and music on services like Netflix, Hulu and Spotify. It looks like EA wants to explore this model for video games.


Source: EA










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