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Electronic Arts Announces the EA Access Subscription Service

Jack Gardner



EA has revealed plans for a new service for the Xbox One that will allow players to access a library of EA titles and provide discounts to other EA products. 


What does a subscription to EA Access net paying customers? During the initial beta phase of the program, buyers will have access to a vault of EA's titles on Xbox One which includes FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4. EA promises more titles will be added to the vault soon. Besides the game collection, subscribers will receive a 10% discount on all digital content purchased on Xbox One. The final benefit of a subscription is trial access to new titles up to five days before their official release. Trials will be available for Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA LIVE 15, and Dragon Age: Inquisition.


EA Access will begin at $4.99 per month or $29.99 annually on Xbox Live. It will soon be available for purchase at physical retailers like Gamestop as well as online vendors like Amazon.


On the surface the subscription to EA Access seems like a bargain at around $30 a year for over $100 worth of games (and that is just initially). However, I can't shake a distaste for being beholden to a third-party developer/publisher for access to games that I've purchased. What do the fine people of the Extra Life community think about EA Access? 

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