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EA to bring its subscription services to other platforms

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You may love them, you may despise them – but there’s no denying that EA’s subscription services are phenomenal value. Known on Xbox One as EA access and PC as Origin Access, the monthly subscriptions open up early access to EA’s games, along with a wealth of great games through the Vault.

For just R48.50 a month or R299.00 for a year, you’ve got unlimited access to games like the phenomenal Titanfall 2, Battlefield 1 and more. The service also offers a 10% discount on games and season passes. You can also cancel at any time, so it’d cost you less than R50 to play through Titanfall 2’s spectacular single player and then terminate membership.

And now it looks like it’ll be coming to more platforms. (via IGN). No word on which platforms right now, mind you – so it’s as possible that we’ll be getting EA access on mobile phones as it is that we’ll see it on PlayStation 4.

“Our subscription services like EA Access and Origin Access are bringing more players from across our network to join in,” says EA boss Andrew Wilson.  “Our subscription player base continues to grow. And you should expect us to continue driving this model to more platforms going forward.”

It’s not out of altruism, as you’d expect. EA has found that players will download games using the service, and then continue to pay for them through in-game microtransactions, lootboxes and other bits of monetisation you’ll find in live service games.

“The one thing that’s often lost when we have this conversation is that unlike linear media, the subscription fee paid is not the total value of what a player might expend as they enjoy the games they play inside of subscription […]

“And so we believe long term, while it may take us some years to facilitate that at the kind of scale that we expect it to evolve to, in the same way that digital music and digital movies have evolved, the upside for the interactive entertainment industry is uncapped by virtue of the value of live services that are born inside of a subscription.”

Last Updated: November 3, 2017

14 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief

    November 3, 2017 at 08:27

    BWAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HEADER HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    OH MY GOATSE

    Reply

  2. Admiral Chief

    November 3, 2017 at 08:28

    Hmmmm, might try Titanfall

    Reply

  3. I_am_Duffman!

    November 3, 2017 at 09:37

    People can complain as much as they like. But I really do like this service. I don’t mind if this is the direction gaming is going.

    Reply

  4. Skittle

    November 3, 2017 at 09:43

    I actually like this approach. I’d rather pay R300 for loads of new games than pay R700+ for a single game. Let the people without self control buy loot boxes so the rest of us can game for cheap… as long as important content isn’t hidden in the loot boxes…

    Reply

  5. Pieter Kruger

    November 3, 2017 at 11:28

    Actually dropped this in favour of MS Gamepass…

    Reply

    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      November 3, 2017 at 11:51

      Uhhh who would expect any less from you?

      Reply

      • Pieter Kruger

        November 3, 2017 at 11:57

        Yeah, I’m a real sucker for better value……ROFL!

        Reply

        • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

          November 3, 2017 at 12:02

          And here I thought you were a sucker for MSD.

          Reply

  6. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    November 3, 2017 at 11:48

    “You can also cancel at any time, so it’d cost you less than R50 to play
    through Titanfall 2’s spectacular single player and then terminate
    membership.”

    Why are you making this public knowledge? They will see it and shut it down!

    Reply

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