If you've been eyeing Electronic Arts' Origin Access program but felt the price was too steep, there's good news on that front this week, as EA quietly started offering an annual membership to the digital gaming subscription service for just $30. Previously, members would have to pay $5 per month (meaning $60 for a full year). At the same time, EA has kicked off a seven-day free trial program for those players who simply want to give the subscription service a test drive without committing.
For those who don't know, Origin Access is the PC version of EA Access on Xbox One, which already carries a price of $30 annually. The subscription gives players a chance to download EA's biggest games as the company continues to add to its catalog. Sometimes EA even gives members early access to titles; Battlefield 1, for example, became available several days before the official retail release date.
While Origin Access is primarily a digital storefront for EA's library, it should be noted that EA does have relationships with other gaming companies, most notably French publisher Ubisoft. Players can download games in franchises like Watch Dogs, The Division, Far Cry, Assassin's Creed and more. There are indie titles too, like This War of Mine, Torchlight 2 and The Banner Saga 2.
We've contacted EA for comment about the pricing change and latest user data for Origin Access, and we'll update this story if we hear back.