EA is expanding its Origin Access program to include a new tier called Origin Access Premier. Revealed as part of the publisher’s E3-adjacent EA Play livestream, Origin Access Premier changes the service to a more direct competitor to Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass.
The most dramatic change is the addition of all new EA titles at launch—or a little before launch, to be more accurate. Currently, Origin Access members can try out new EA titles in limited-time trials a few days prior to launch. If they want to keep playing after that, they need to buy a full copy or wait for the game to be added to the Access Vault, a process that usually takes several months to a year. With Origin Access Premier, subscribers can play the entire game early, and even keep playing once for as long as their membership is active.
Among the upcoming titles EA promised for inclusion in Origin Access Premier are Battlefield V, Anthem, FIFA 19, and, in the series’ long-awaited return to PC, Madden NFL 19.
In addition, Premier-tier subscribers will also gain all the benefits of regular Origin Access members, including access to the more than 100 games in the Vault. That selection has expanded in recent years to include titles from some other publishers, as well.
A Origin Access Premier subscription will cost $14.99 a month or $99.99 a year. That’s nothing to scoff at—and, unless you prepay for the year, more than the $10 a month cost of Xbox Game Pass—but given that you’re getting at least four games in your first year, you’d still be saving money over buying each game individually. If you were already planning to pick up two or more EA games in a year, it’s not a bad deal at all.