Electronic Arts has announced EA Access, a new service created in partnership with Microsoft that offers another way for gamers to play EA released games exclusively for Xbox One. The gamer will have to pay a monthly or annual membership starting at $4.99 per month, which will grant access to the “The Vault”, a library of EA titles to download and play.
“The service is being rolled out in beta to a limited number of players today, but it will launch for everyone on Xbox One soon,” the announcement says. “At EA, we are always looking for new ways to make it easier for gamers to play more EA games across all platforms, and we are excited about what EA Access will offer to players on Xbox One.”
During the Beta, players will be able to download FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4, granting unlimited access to $100 worth of games for $4.99 a month. More titles are set to be added soon, and as an EA Access member you’ll also be granted additional benefits such as:
- Awesome Value – Besides the great games in The Vault, EA Access members will save 10% on purchases of EA digital content for Xbox One offered through the Xbox Games Store. From full digital-download titles like the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition or NHL 15, to additional membership services such as Battlefield 4 Premium or FIFA Ultimate Team points.
- Play First – Membership in EA Access lets you experience trials of new EA games up to five days before the release date. It starts with Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA LIVE 15 and Dragon Age: Inquisition. If you decide to buy the game, your progress will carry over so you can pick up right where you left off.
While a monthly subscription to EA Access will cost you $4.99, an annual membership will cost $29.99 via Xbox Live for Xbox One. Also, you’ll be able to purchase an EA Access membership at local retail stores in the US, as well as GameStop and Amazon in Europe and EB Games in Canada.
EA Access will be launching exclusively on Xbox One soon! It is a great move from Microsoft and Electronic Arts, which will help both parties to establish a long and gamer-friendly marketing strategy.