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EA announces Origin Access Premier, subscription for PC games

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Samit Sarkar (he/him) is Polygon’s deputy managing editor. He has more than 15 years of experience covering video games, movies, television, and technology.

Electronic Arts is launching Origin Access Premier, a new subscription service for Windows PC games from the publisher’s Origin digital distribution platform, the company announced today during EA Play 2018.

EA already runs Origin Access on PC, which is similar to the EA Access program that the publisher offers on Xbox One. The service gives subscribers the ability to play pre-release trials of upcoming games; access to The Vault, a collection of over 100 full games; and a 10 percent discount on all purchases from Origin.

Origin Access Premier, however, will feature “all of our new PC games,” said EA CEO Andrew Wilson. That includes the return of Madden NFL to the platform for the first time in a decade with this year’s Madden NFL 19, along with FIFA 19 and Battlefield 5 this fall, and Anthem in 2019. Subscribers will also be able to play those games before launch, but they won’t be limited to trials — once a game goes live on Origin Access Premier, the entire game will be available before its public launch, for an unlimited amount of time.

Here are the early access dates for four upcoming EA games:

  • Madden NFL 19: Aug. 2 (public launch: Aug. 10)
  • FIFA 19: Sept. 20 (public launch: Sept. 28)
  • Battlefield 5: Oct. 11 (public launch: Oct. 19)
  • Anthem: Feb. 15, 2019 (public launch: Feb. 22, 2019)

EA said it plans to launch Origin Access Premier this summer. The service will cost $14.99 per month or $99.99 per year. Origin Access itself — the benefits of which are included in an Origin Access Premier membership — costs $4.99 a month or $29.99 a year.

Update: We’ve edited this article with additional details, including pricing.