EA Access

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EA Access
EA Access.svg
EA Access logo (since 2016)
DeveloperElectronic Arts
TypeSubscription gaming service
Launch dateAugust 11, 2014 (2014-08-11)
PlatformXbox One
StatusReleased
Websitewww.ea.com/eaaccess/

EA Access (stylized as EA access) is a subscription-based gaming service from Electronic Arts for the Microsoft Xbox One, offering access to selected games published by Electronic Arts along with additional incentives. A similar service, Origin Access, is available for Microsoft Windows PCs.[1]

EA Access was initially pitched to both Microsoft for the Xbox One and Sony for the PlayStation 4; after Sony declined to participate, EA Access launched only on Xbox One on August 11, 2014.

Overview[edit]

EA Access logo used for 2014-16

EA Access membership can be purchased in one-month or 12-month increments, either from the Xbox Games Store or from selected third-party retailers.[2] Members have unlimited access to the full versions of a selection of games published by EA, dubbed "the Vault", for as long as their membership is active.[2] If membership is suspended, the games can no longer be played, but all progress and game saves are retained. Members may also purchase games available from EA Access outright, along with other EA games and DLC, at a discounted price.[2] EA Access does not require users to have a paid Xbox Live membership, although a Gold-level membership is required for use of any multiplayer features that are included in Access-enabled games.[3]

Games are added to the Vault at EA's discretion, such as making a title available on Access a set number of days after its retail launch.[4] Although the Terms of Service allow EA to remove titles with 30 days' notice,[4] EA has pledged that games will not be removed at a later date.[4] However, EA announced on July 20, 2017 that FIFA 14 would be removed from the Vault on October 18, 2017 due to the decision to end online support for the title.[5] The game will remain playable in offline mode for users who installed it prior to its removal date, but if the game is removed from the console after that date, it cannot be reinstalled.[6] EA described the removal of FIFA 14 as a "unique circumstance specific to the title" that was not representative of their future plans for EA Access.[6] On April 26, 2018, it was announced that Rory McIlroy PGA Tour would also be removed from the Vault on May 22, 2018 due to the game being delisted from the Xbox Store on that date.[7]

Users who pre-order upcoming games through Access are able download special limited versions of the games, released five days prior to the retail launch. EA described these early-release versions as not being more traditional demos, but instead full-featured but time-limited versions, with the exact extent of content varying from game to game.[8] Any progress earned within these limited versions will carry over to the full retail version.[2]

Games published on the EA Partners and/or EA Originals labels are not eligible for EA Access benefits.[9] However, Titanfall was added to the Vault in June 2015, as part of an E3 2015 promotion that also enabled a free trial for all Xbox One owners.[10] Titanfall 2 was also added to the vault in July 2017.

EA Access subscribers are able to receive downloadable content for games in the Vault free at during various limited time periods, such as the Naval Strike and Second Assault DLCs for Battlefield 4.[11] Subscribers who download the free DLCs offered during the free period are able to keep them regardless of subscription status. On May 3, 2016, Premium access for Battlefield 4 and Battlefield Hardline were offered free for a limited period of time, enabling subscribers to download all released expansions for both games at no cost.[12] While Battlefield 4 Premium content can only be accessed with an active subscription, subscribers were allowed to keep Hardline Premium features regardless of subscription status. The season pass for Star Wars Battlefront was made available at no cost for subscribers on July 7, 2017.[13]

On February 29, 2016, EA Access expanded to include Xbox 360 titles via the Xbox One's backward compatibility feature, starting with the original Plants vs. Zombies.[14] Dead Space was added (without any official announcement) on March 31.[15] On January 17, 2018, Black, released for Xbox in 2006, was added to the Vault.

Release and reception[edit]

EA Access debuted in beta form exclusively on Xbox One on July 29, 2014,[2] and was officially launched on August 11, 2014.[16] Electronic Arts approached both Sony and Microsoft with the service, but Sony declined to make it available on their PlayStation 4 console.[17] A similar version called Origin Access launched on January 12, 2016 on PC.[18]

Shares of video game retailer GameStop, which sells both new and used games, fell over five percent after Electronic Arts' announcement.[19] A similar price drop occurred after PlayStation Now was first announced and that the stock price subsequently recovered.[19] GameStop will be one of the retailers selling EA Access memberships.[19]

Games in the Vault[edit]

     – Xbox One
     – Xbox 360
     – Xbox
No. Title Date released Date added Ref.
1 Battlefield 4 November 22, 2013 July 29, 2014 [4]
2 FIFA 14[a] November 22, 2013 July 29, 2014 [4]
3 Madden NFL 25 November 22, 2013 July 29, 2014 [4]
4 Peggle 2 December 9, 2013 July 29, 2014 [4]
5 Need for Speed Rivals November 22, 2013 September 2, 2014 [20]
6 Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare February 25, 2014 October 15, 2014 [21]
7 EA Sports UFC June 17, 2014 December 12, 2014 [22]
8 NBA Live 15 October 28, 2014 February 25, 2015 [23]
9 Madden NFL 15 August 26, 2014 March 5, 2015 [24]
10 NHL 15 September 9, 2014 April 9, 2015 [25]
11 FIFA 15 September 23, 2014 May 8, 2015 [26]
12 Titanfall March 11, 2014 June 15, 2015 [27]
13 Dragon Age: Inquisition November 18, 2014 August 4, 2015 [27]
14 Battlefield Hardline March 17, 2015 October 14, 2015 [28]
15 Madden NFL 16 August 25, 2015 February 2, 2016 [29]
16 Plants vs. Zombies September 8, 2010 February 29, 2016 [30]
17 NHL 16 September 15, 2015 March 29, 2016 [31]
18 Dead Space October 14, 2008 March 31, 2016 [32]
19 FIFA 16 September 22, 2015 April 19, 2016 [33]
20 Rory McIlroy PGA Tour[b] July 14, 2015 May 10, 2016 [34]
21 NBA Live 16 September 29, 2015 May 25, 2016 [35]
22 Need for Speed November 3, 2015 July 12, 2016 [36]
23 Unravel February 9, 2016 July 12, 2016 [36]
24 SSX February 28, 2012 August 9, 2016 [37]
25 Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 February 23, 2016 August 30, 2016 [36]
26 Bejeweled 2 Deluxe November 22, 2005 October 6, 2016 [38]
27 Zuma Deluxe November 22, 2005 October 6, 2016 [38]
28 Feeding Frenzy March 10, 2006 October 6, 2016 [38]
29 Heavy Weapon January 17, 2007 October 6, 2016 [38]
30 Feeding Frenzy 2 September 17, 2008 October 6, 2016 [38]
31 Bejeweled 3 October 19, 2011 October 6, 2016 [38]
32 Mass Effect November 20, 2007 November 7, 2016 [39]
33 Mass Effect 2 January 26, 2010 November 7, 2016 [39]
34 Mass Effect 3 March 6, 2012 November 7, 2016 [39]
35 Mirror's Edge November 11, 2008 November 9, 2016 [40]
36 Mirror's Edge Catalyst June 7, 2016 November 9, 2016 [41]
37 EA Sports UFC 2 March 15, 2016 November 10, 2016 [41]
38 Star Wars Battlefront November 17, 2015 December 13, 2016 [42]
39 Battlefield: Bad Company 2 March 2, 2010 January 20, 2017 [43]
40 Battlefield 3 October 25, 2011 January 20, 2017 [43]
41 Skate 3 May 11, 2010 February 13, 2017 [44]
42 Madden NFL 17 August 23, 2016 February 24, 2017 [45]
43 NHL 17 September 13, 2016 March 28, 2017 [46]
44 Zuma's Revenge September 15, 2009 March 30, 2017 [47]
45 Dragon Age: Origins November 3, 2009 April 10, 2017 [48]
46 Dead Space Ignition October 12, 2010 April 10, 2017 [48]
47 FIFA 17 September 27, 2016 April 21, 2017 [49]
48 Medal of Honor Airborne August 28, 2007 May 10, 2017 [50]
49 Titanfall 2 October 28, 2016 July 31, 2017 [51]
50 Battlefield 1 October 21, 2016 August 9, 2017 [52]
51 NBA Live 14 November 22, 2013 Unknown[c]
52 Dead Space 2 January 25, 2011 September 14, 2017 [53]
53 Mass Effect: Andromeda March 21, 2017 October 17, 2017 [54]
54 Dead Space 3 February 5, 2013 November 29, 2017 [55]
55 Battlefield: Bad Company June 23, 2008 December 20, 2017 [56]
56 Black February 24, 2006 January 17, 2018 [57]
57 Madden NFL 18 August 25, 2017 February 5, 2018 [58]
58 NBA Live 18 September 15, 2017 February 15, 2018 [59]
59 NHL 18 September 15, 2017 April 11, 2018 [60]
60 Battlefield 1943 July 8, 2009 May 24, 2018 [61]
61 Need for Speed Payback November 10, 2017 June 7, 2018 [62]
62 The Sims 4 November 17, 2017 July 12, 2018 [63]
63 Dante's Inferno February 9, 2010 July 19, 2018 [64]
64 Fe February 16, 2018 August 16, 2018 [65]
65 FIFA 18 September 29, 2017 September 28, 2018
66 Burnout Paradise Remastered March 16, 2018 October 10, 2018 [66]
67 Fight Night Champion March 1, 2011 October 10, 2018 [66]
68 Army of Two March 6, 2008 October 17, 2018 [66]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ FIFA 14 was delisted on October 18, 2017
  2. ^ Rory McIlroy PGA Tour was delisted on May 22, 2018
  3. ^ Title added without announcement

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