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
PlayStation 4
StatusReleased
Websitewww.ea.com/ea-access

EA Access (stylized as EA access) is a subscription-based gaming service from Electronic Arts for the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4, 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 initially declined to participate, EA Access launched first on Xbox One on August 11, 2014 and subsequently on the PlayStation 4 in July 2019.[2]

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.[3] 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.[3] 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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] Although the Terms of Service allow EA to remove titles with 30 days' notice,[5] EA has pledged that games will not be removed at a later date.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9] Any progress earned within these limited versions will carry over to the full retail version.[3]

Games published on the EA Partners and/or EA Originals labels are not eligible for EA Access benefits.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14]

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.[15] Dead Space was added (without any official announcement) on March 31.[16] 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,[3] and was officially launched on August 11, 2014.[17] Electronic Arts approached both Sony and Microsoft with the service, but Sony declined to make it available on their PlayStation 4 console.[18] A similar version called Origin Access launched on January 12, 2016 on PC.[19]

Shares of video game retailer GameStop, which sells both new and used games, fell over five percent after Electronic Arts' announcement.[20] A similar price drop occurred after PlayStation Now was first announced and that the stock price subsequently recovered.[20] GameStop will be one of the retailers selling EA Access memberships.[20]

Games in the Vault[edit]

Title Developer Format Notes/References Date released Date added
Alice: Madness Returns Spicy Horse Xbox 360 [21]
Army of Two EA Montreal Xbox 360 [22]
Battlefield 1 EA DICE Xbox One [23]
Battlefield 3 EA DICE Xbox 360 [24]
Battlefield 4 EA DICE Xbox One Launch title for the app.[5]
Battlefield 1943 EA DICE Xbox 360 [25]
Battlefield: Bad Company EA DICE Xbox 360 [26]
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 EA DICE Xbox 360 [24]
Battlefield Hardline Visceral Games Xbox One [27]
Battlefield V EA DICE Xbox One [28]
Bejeweled 2 Deluxe PopCap Games Xbox 360 [29]
Bejeweled 3 PopCap Games Xbox 360 [29]
Black Criterion Games Xbox [30]
Burnout Paradise Remastered Criterion Games Xbox One [22]
Dante's Inferno Visceral Games Xbox 360 [31]
Dead Space EA Redwood Shores Xbox 360 [32]
Dead Space 2 Visceral Games Xbox 360 [33]
Dead Space 3 Visceral Games Xbox 360 [34]
Dead Space Ignition Visceral Games Xbox 360 [35]
Dragon Age: Origins BioWare Xbox 360 [35]
Dragon Age II BioWare Xbox 360 [36]
Dragon Age: Inquisition BioWare Xbox One [37]
Fe Zoink Xbox One [38]
Feeding Frenzy PopCap Games Xbox 360 [29]
Feeding Frenzy 2 PopCap Games Xbox 360 [29]
FIFA 14 EA Canada Xbox One Launch title for the app.[5] Delisted on October 18, 2017.[39]
FIFA 15 EA Canada Xbox One [40]
FIFA 16 EA Canada Xbox One [41]
FIFA 17 EA Vancouver Xbox One [42]
FIFA 18 EA Vancouver Xbox One [43]
Fight Night Champion EA Canada Xbox 360 [22]
Heavy Weapon PopCap Games Xbox 360 [29]
Madden NFL 15 EA Tiburon Xbox One [44]
Madden NFL 16 EA Tiburon Xbox One [45]
Madden NFL 17 EA Tiburon Xbox One [46]
Madden NFL 18 EA Tiburon Xbox One [47]
Madden NFL 19 EA Tiburon Xbox One [48]
Madden NFL 25 EA Tiburon Xbox One Launch title for the app.[5]
Mass Effect BioWare Xbox 360 [49]
Mass Effect 2 BioWare Xbox 360 [49]
Mass Effect 3 BioWare Xbox 360 [49]
Mass Effect: Andromeda BioWare Xbox One [50]
Medal of Honor: Airborne EA Los Angeles Xbox 360 [51]
Mirror's Edge EA DICE Xbox 360 [52]
Mirror's Edge Catalyst BioWare Xbox One [53]
NBA Live 15 EA Tiburon Xbox One [54]
NBA Live 16 EA Tiburon Xbox One [55]
NBA Live 18 EA Tiburon Xbox One [56]
NBA Live 19 EA Tiburon Xbox One [48]
Need for Speed Ghost Games Xbox One [57]
Need for Speed Payback Ghost Games Xbox One [58]
Need for Speed Rivals Ghost Games Xbox One [59]
NHL 15 EA Canada Xbox One [60] Delisted on March 18, 2019.[61]
NHL 16 EA Canada Xbox One [62]
NHL 17 EA Canada Xbox One [63]
NHL 18 EA Canada Xbox One [64]
NHL 19 EA Vancouver Xbox One [65]
Peggle PopCap Games Xbox 360 [36]
Peggle 2 PopCap Games Xbox One Launch title for the app.[5]
Plants vs. Zombies PopCap Games Xbox 360 [66]
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare PopCap Games Xbox One [67]
Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 PopCap Games Xbox One [57]
Rory McIlroy PGA Tour EA Tiburon Xbox One [68] Delisted on May 22, 2018.[69]
Skate 3 EA Black Box Xbox 360 [70]
SSX EA Canada Xbox 360 [71]
Star Wars Battlefront EA DICE Xbox One [72]
Star Wars Battlefront II EA DICE Xbox One [73]
The Sims 4 Maxis Xbox One [74]
Titanfall Respawn Entertainment Xbox One [37]
Titanfall 2 Respawn Entertainment Xbox One [75]
UFC EA Canada Xbox One [76]
UFC 2 EA Canada Xbox One [53]
UFC 3 EA Canada Xbox One [77]
Unravel Coldwood Interactive Xbox One [57]
Unravel Two Coldwood Interactive Xbox One [78]
Zuma Deluxe PopCap Games Xbox 360 [29]
Zuma's Revenge! PopCap Games Xbox 360 [79]

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