EA Access, a game subscription service that gives players access to a library of games for a monthly fee, is currently available on Xbox One and PC (as Origin Access). Players on Microsoft-owned platforms have enjoyed EA Access for over three years, but those on other systems could be about to gain access too.
That’s according to EA CEO Andrew Wilson who detailed the publisher’s plans to expand its subscription service during a recent financial call. Wilson said that services like EA and Origin Access “are bringing more players from across our network to join in” and that “Our subscription player base continues to grow.” As a result, fans of the publisher’s games “should expect us to continue driving this model to more platforms going forward.”
Unfortunately, Wilson did not clarify exactly which platforms that EA would like to bring EA Access to next, but PS4 players will be hoping that they are at the top of the list. When EA Access was first revealed, PS4 platform holder Sony criticized the program, saying that it isn’t good value for money.
At the time many suggested that Sony just didn’t want more competition for its own game subscription services, PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now. But even with the existence of PS Plus and PS Now, PS4 players still want to be part of EA Access and have been calling for the service to come to their consoles ever since.
If Sony’s position on EA Access has softened and it really is about to launch on PS4, then players stand to benefit. Games added to the EA Access library are permanently there (bar unforeseen circumstances such as issues with licenses expiring) and it’s not just older games either.
Most recently EA added Mass Effect: Andromeda to the vault. While that game has been heavily criticized by fans and critics for things like its facial animations and its narrative content, at least this would let subscribers judge for themselves.
Additionally, EA Access subscribers often get early access to EA-published titles ahead of launch. The forthcoming racer Need for Speed Payback will be available days before its release date, as will sci-fi shooter Star Wars Battlefront 2. For those worried about EA’s plans for its games and its decision to make games ‘live services,’ this would give fans on PS4 a chance to make their minds up. It’s unclear when EA might unveil these additional EA Access platforms but watch this space.
Source: Seeking Alpha