Today the company confirmed that the program will begin next week. Subscribers also get to try new EA games before they launch and save 10% on purchases via Origin. "You get access to the full game - yours to play whenever you want, for as long as you're a Premier member". "The releases available in 'the vault" are mostly titles at least 6 months old.
Now is probably the best time EA will find to launch Origin Access Premier.
EA's new Origin Access Premiere subscription folds perfectly into the company's digital-driven focus on live services. With Premier, subscribers will pay a bit more, but will get day-one or early access to new games on PC- just as Xbox Game Pass subscribers get access to exclusive games on day-one.
What's the difference between Origin Access Premier and Basic tiers?
The existing Origin Access subscription costs $4.99 a month or $29 a year. This full access, plus the rest of the "Basic" benefits, will be active for as long as the subscription is active. "This change won't affect any games players downloaded from the service prior to that date-those are theirs to keep forever", the rep said. That probably isn't an issue if you only play through a game once-or don't plan to cancel-but it's worth noting.
Origin Access provides discounts to all EA games and offers select games for free. So technically, over time your total cost of ownership could be higher than actually buying the games if you're a long-term user who doesn't download many titles. You could play the new Battlefield V single player, and run through Anthem in a month for $14.99 while checking out the service as a whole, it suggests. EA has launched a help page online, but it's anemic at the moment.