Now this is something nobody was expecting—certainly on par with the Spanish Inquisition. Electronic Arts has pulled back the curtain on a surprisingly sensible game catalog offer. The publisher's Origin Access service lets gamers play a number of titles with very few strings attached for $5 a month, and it comes with some nice extra perks, too. Did I just spot Beelzebub on a toboggan?
In case you're wondering, Origin Access is not a streaming service. Once you sign up for it, you can actually install any of the titles in the Access catalog and play to your heart's content. Should you then prefer to buy the game in question permanently, all your progresss is transferred over. Access subscribers also get, er, access to pre-release versions of select EA titles. Users can choose to quit the service at any time, but they'll lose rights to any titles they downloaded and didn't buy over the course of their subscriptions.
Electronic Arts also offers Access customers another goodie: a 10% discount off all Origin purchases. Besides games, the company says this discount also applies to DLC, new releases, and third-party games, and also stacks with Origin's sales and promotions.
The game library is currently limited to the 15 games listed below, but Electronic Arts says more titles will be added over time.
Gamers looking to join Origin Access can do so here.
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