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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on Pixelkin.org as part of their E3 2016 Coverage! Give them a look when you get a chance. They cover family games just like we do.

A few years ago Electronic Arts signed a deal with Disney giving them exclusive rights to produce and publish Star Wars games for ten years. They are a prolific publisher so it was plain to anyone paying close attention that a wave of games would be coming quickly following the announcement. That oncoming wave has officially crested and anyone watching today’s EA Play should be running for cover.

EA has contracted with a number of different developers to produce a wide slate of games across a variety of genres and platforms. Take a look below for the projects in progress.

Amy Hennig/Visceral

When Amy Hennig left Naughty Dog we knew it had to mean big things. She is the woman responsible for the Uncharted series and is a master at developing interesting characters and telling stories through action games.

EA has confirmed that her game is currently planned for release in 2018 and will feature a new adventure, a new story, and new characters. When you consider the depth and breadth of the Star Wars universe this could be just about anything and I am super excited to see it.

The speculation machine is already working overtime I am sure. Here’s hoping that the Visceral PR team is ready for the scrutiny that Star Wars fans are used to applying every word in every press release.

Respawn

They hadn’t even finished work on TitanFall 2 when a press release went out stating that they would be making a third person action game set in the Star Wars universe. Today we got confirmation that their new game will take place in a whole new timeline.

I’m not sure why they chose the word “timeline,” but that could have been awkward word choice, or it could carry huge implications about the game and where/when it takes place.

DICE/Motive

Star Wars Battlefront has been insanely popular. It sold a reported 14 million copies over the last holiday season in spite of some average to middling review scores based on its content. The reality is that a casual shooter targeted at Star Wars is almost guaranteed to be a success.

EA confirmed that a followup to the wildly successful game will launch in 2017 and will include much requested new content. The only two pieces of content that I have seen regularly requested are a single player campaign and content regarding the new movies. If they put that into a new game alongside the standard iterative upgrades that normally follow sequels? I think we’ll have an even bigger success story on our hands.

Capital Games

They have been toiling away at their small studio working on the mobile game Star Wars – Galaxy of Heroes. They were shown off on stage as part of EA’s suite of upcoming Star Wars games so it appears that work will continue on the title into the future.

BioWare

BioWare has been working on The Old Republic for a few years now and shows no signs of slowing down. The MMORPG was a mild success when it involved a monthly fee, but once it went free to play it began to grow. There have been several expansions to the game so far, so it stands to reason there will be more. This is especially true when you consider the exploding popularity of Star Wars in general.

We still don’t have details for all of the games, and likely won’t for a few years, but it is very exciting to see this much energy being pushed into the franchise. Star Wars fans have had a rough time of things in the past. Its good to see they are having their day again.

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Electronic Arts held their EA Play event today as part of the E3 2016 event in LA. They made a number of announcements regarding Titanfall 2, Battlefield 1, and Mass Effect. But, the announcement that will likely have the longest lasting effect was the reveal of the EA Originals program.

EA Originals is a partnership program that seeks to unite EA (and their money) with deserving independent developers. This is being modeled after their work with the Swedish developer Coldwood on Unravel.

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The program is about three things:

  1. Bringing unique and beautiful gaming experiences to the world that might have withered on the vine otherwise.
  2. Supporting smaller developers and helping their games grow. This partnership will persist through development and into marketing and publishing.
  3. Financial support. Games are difficult to make and much more expensive that people expect. EA can help keep studios open and working that might otherwise fail. It is worth noting that EA has made it so that 100% of the profits from these games will be kept by the developers.

This is an exciting program all on its own, but it has already had results which makes it even better. EA announced the first game as part of the EA Originals line is called Fe. Take a look at the trailer and I’ll give you my thoughts below it.

Fe is a game with no words where you play as a tiny bear cub who wakes up in an unknown place. As you play the game you will discover that all living things have a song. Learning about that song will give you the ability to work with that creature. For example, in the trailer there is looks like the cub sings to the bird and then gets granted to ability to fly.  The game itself looks hauntingly beautiful. I think I might grow tired of the color scheme after a while, but seeing as how this is just a trailer we don’t really know if the color scheme will continue.

This is only the beginning of this wild E3 adventure so keep your eyes on Engaged Family Gaming for more information as the week goes on!

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Microsoft held a press conference yesterday at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany that was, with a few exceptions, all about M rated games. Electronic Arts came through today by featuring a bunch of games that were actually worth talking about here on Engaged Family Gaming!

Star Wars Battlefront

The single biggest announcement that EA made was about Star Wars Battlefront. Players around the world have been excited about it, but there is a large portion of that population wanted to see space battles using X-Wings and TIE Fighters. EA finally announced that Star Wars Battlefront will include Fighter Squadron Mode.

Take a look at the trailer above for some details.

Unravel

We talked about Unravel at E3 a few months ago, but EA finally showed us a gameplay video. This game looks absolutely amazing. We cannot wait to play. Yarny continues to be one of our favorite characters recently because he is so adorable. This trailer didn’t change anything about that.

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is one of our most anticipated games for next year. The Gamescom trailer revealed a new game mode that takes place on the moon. It also showed off some significant details for three new plant fighters: Rose, Kernel Corn, and Citrod.

Rose appears to a magic using plant that can turn opponents into goats. This could provide some interesting crowd control options for players who like to control the battlefield.

Kernel Corn looks like he is another soldier type character, but it looks like he has some higher damage abilities like air strikes and rocket launchers. We’ll have to see how he is balanced when the game comes out.

Citrod is weird. I don’t have anything else to really say. It does appear, though, that this character has some serious mobility thanks to a rolling move.

 

Keep your eyes on Engaged Family Gaming for more news out of Gamescom as the week continues!

 

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Microsoft kicked everything off, but Electronic Arts followed shortly after. Their press conference has been widely regarded as “weak” compared to the other events held during the day, but they made a number of announcements that are relevant to families.

 

1. Star Wars Battlefront looks like the Star Wars game we have all been waiting for!

The EA event opened with a montage of footage showing the developers working to craft an experience that is authentic to the original Star Wars trilogy. They were visiting the original locations used for filming and trying to capture the look and feel for use in the game.

They showed off concept footage showing Hoth and Endor and it was stunning. We don’t have much more in the way of details yet and the game is VERY far off, but if the game looks anything like what they showed off during this event it will be a treat for Star Wars fans.

 

2. The Sims 4 is coming and it looks like a lot of fun!

The Sims has been a phenomena for more than a decade and this iteration is looking like it will be even wilder! Players will be able to control their Sims personalities for the first time.

Even better: players will be able to create their custom characters and share them with players the world over via an in game gallery. (I can’t wait to see what gets created!)

The tagline is “Smarter Sims. Weirder Stories” and I think that will ring true. (Especially considering the trailer showed Death incarnate carrying around a tablet to record people’s deaths. No. Seriously.)

 

3. Criterion Games is developing an extreme sports racing title!

Criterion was the developer behind the Motorstorm series and they have, once again, been tapped to do a racing series. This time they are going to be taking us off the dirt track and into some seemingly exotc spaces.

We didn’t see much more than concept footage, but it appears that Criterion will be having us fly around in squirrel suits, racing on ATVs, and slamming through the waves on jet skis. They are focusing on more extreme racing sports this time around and I am pretty excited to see what they have in store.

 

4. PGA Tour Golf looks so good I can’t even stand it.

I’m not a golf guy… at all, but PGA Tour Golf looks astonishingly good. First off, the developer has decided to use the FROSTBITE 3 ENGINE (I put it in all caps to emphasize the insanity) to develop the game. This is the same engine responsible for giant buildings collapsing during 64 person multiplayer matches in Battlefield. And yet, it is still a game about golf.

There is even a course that involves a burning naval warship that has crashed into it.

How does anyone NOT want to play this game?

 

5. Mirror’s Edge 2 has been announced.

Mirror’s Edge was a cult hit during the last generation that focused on a minimalist art style and parkour. Fans of the series have been waiting for a sequel for quite some time and it is now confirmed to be on the way.

Mirror’s Edge is not a children’s game by any means, but it is a first person game where each level is essentially a visual puzzle. Every surface, gap, guard rail, and enemy are a part of it. This is a unique gaming experience and one that is worth a look.

 

What about you? What do you think about what you saw?

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By: Stephen Duetzmann, Editor-in-Chief

Electronic Arts (EA) held a press conference today at GamesCom. These are the five most important things that I took away from the event.

1. Plants vs Zombies 2: It’s About Time has been HUGELY successful so far.

EA lavished PopCap Games with huge praise for the early success of PvZ2. The game has been downloaded 16 million times so far (this is made more impressive when you consider that it is only available on iOS devices right now).

They also provided some very interesting statistics:

  • Total suns collected: 11,426,961,692
  • Total zombie waves: 2,029,756,132
  • Total plants planted: 4,021,761,039
  • Total hours played: 15,071,541,100*

*History lesson time: That play time translates to 1.7 million years. If we were to go that far back in time we would find ourselves in the Lower Paleolithic era. There would be no humans, but we would find Homo Habilis thriving with stone tools.

EA and PopCap Games announced that the game would be getting regular updates in the coming years with new plants, power-ups and time periods. The first major update will be “The Far Future,” but there will be more. (Here’s hoping for ninjas somewhere down the road.)

2. Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare looks like great fun.

EA and PopCap Games announced that the game will feature 24-player online multiplayer battle modes, a 4 player co-op mode, and splitscreen game play. This game really looks like it will be the shooter that fans of the genre will finally be able to play with their kids.

They also announced that zombies will be playable with different classes. Each class will have unique abilities and can be customized with different gear. It looks like the game will have a lot of  depth like the big name shooters (Battlefield and Call of Duty) but with a family friendly coat of paint.

Pre-orders are live. We can’t wait to get our hands on this one when it launches for Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

3. Peggle 2 is coming as a timed exclusive for the Xbox One.

Peggle is a pachinko style game that has been a huge success for PopCap Games over the years. Seeing a sequel is no surprise. Seeing the sequel as an exclusive on a next-gen console is a BIG surprise.

The good news for fans of the franchise (or people interested in giving it a shot) is that this is a “timed exclusive” which means that it will eventually come out for other platforms in the future. You’ll just have to wait on it if you don’t own an Xbox One.

4. Titanfall looks absolutely stunning.

We don’t usually talk about shooters here on Engaged Family Gaming, but I can’t help myself. EA may have really found something special with Titanfall. This game is an online multiplayer focused shooter set in a far future world where players can choose to use massive armored suits called “Titans.” The idea of mobile suits of armor is nothing new, but they have typically been cumbersome and slow. Instead, Titanfall bucks that trend by giving their Titans a speed and agility that can’t help but make them more fun to play with.

Take a look at this trailer and see what I mean.

5. FIFA 2014 makes Soccer sound WAAAAAY cooler than it is.

I’m not trying to tear down soccer. It is a great game that is beloved the world over. But, FIFA 2014 is quietly becoming one of the best sports games that EA produces year over year. The trailers they showed as part of this press event were a big draw.

Take a look.

 

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Engaged Family Gaming Holiday
People buy a lot of games. That can make it incredibly challenging for those of us that want to buy cool games for the gamers in our lives. Fortunately, every console (including PC) has a subscription subscription service. These make “practical” gifts that will always be appreciated. These services  can all be purchased for various lengths of time to accommodate your budget. You don’t even need to worry about whether they are subscribed or not. `You can purchase a subscription card for them and the time will be added to the end of their existing subscription! Take a look at the options below to see what you might need!

PlayStation Plus

PlayStation Plus is a subscription service for PlayStation that is required in order to play online multiplayer games over the PlayStation Network. The service also includes periodic discounts on digital purchases through the PlayStation Network. It also includes a suite of free PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, PlayStation  Vita, and PlayStation VR games that are available for free each month. (We wrote a parent’s guide for PlayStation Plus. Take a look here for a full explanation!)

PlayStation Now

PlayStation Now (PSNow) is a Netflix-esque streaming service for PlayStation 4 and PC. Subscribers have unlimited access to stream a collection of PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 games over the internet on their PlayStation 4 console or PC.

Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass is a service that allows unlimited downloads of a wide range of games on the Xbox One for a relatively low monthly fee. We wrote a parent’s guide to Xbox Game Pass. Take a look here for a full explanation!)

Xbox Live Gold

Xbox Live Gold is a subscription service for Xbox that is required in order to play online multiplayer games over Xbox Live. The service also includes periodic discounts on digital purchases through the Xbox Marketplace. It also includes a suite of free Xbox One and Xbox 360 games that are available for free each month. (We wrote a parent’s guide to this service. Take a look here for a full explanation!)

EA Access

EA Access is an Xbox One exclusive subscription service run by Electronic Arts that gives subscribers early access to EA games, discounts on digital purchases, and access to the “EA Vault.” (We wrote a parent’s guide to this service. Take a look here for a full explanation!)

EA Origins Access

Origins Access is a PC subscription service run by Electronic Arts that gives subscribers early access to EA games, discounts on digital purchases, and access to the “Origins Vault.” (We wrote a parent’s guide to this service. Take a look here for a full explanation!)

Nintendo Switch Online

Nintendo Switch online is a service that allows online multiplayer for Nintendo Switch games as well as cloud saves, and a suite of NES games. What do you think? Sound off in the comments and let us know your thoughts!
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E3 2018 Press Conference and Livestream Schedule

E3 2018 is nearly upon us and with it comes a stacked slate of press conferences from major publishers. Its the most exciting time of the year for gamers and almost all of the hype is concentrated in this handful of hours. Take a look below for the schedule of events that will lead up to the opening of the E3 show floor.

 

Saturday, June 9th

Electronic Arts

11 AM Pacific / 2 PM Eastern

Press Conference

 

I have a very strong feeling that we will be very busy after the EA press event. They are going to make announcements regarding Madden 2019, FIFA 19, and NBA Live 19. But, it is also entirely possible that they will announce further content for Star Wars: Battlefront II, or even another Star Wars game entirely. They could also announce a new Plants Vs Zombies or Sims game and it wouldn’t surprise me either.

The unknown element in their conference is Anthem. We don’t know what their targeted ESRB rating is. If it ends up being rated T for Teen then it will end up being on our radar.

Sunday, June 10th

Microsoft

1 PM Pacific / 4 PM Eastern

Press Conference

 

Microsoft is undoubtedly going to announce a new Forza Horizon game. I also think that it is likely that they will announce something to do with Minecraft (they always do). But, aside from that, I have no idea what they will talk about and whether or not any of that will mean anything to us. It will be interesting to watch either way.

Bethesda

6:30 PM Pacific / 9:30 PM Eastern

Press Conference

 

I don’t expect that we’ll see anything for families from Bethesda. They focus on games for the mature crowd. The grown-ups in the house, however, might be interested in tuning into the news. The only game that we KNOW that they will be showing is a first-person shooter called Rage. They have a lot of games in the works though (many of which are unannounced) so we could see all kinds of cool stuff.

Monday, June 11th

Square Enix

10 AM Pacific / 1 PM Eastern

Livestream

Square Enix hasn’t held a major event at an E3 for years. This leads me to believe that they have big plans. I would expect that a good chunk of their live stream will be taken up by Kingdom Hearts 3. I know I’ll be excited to see more info, but I am REALLY hoping that they announce a release date. We should also see more information about the upcoming Tomb Raider game (not for the kids sadly) and more information about the next season of Final Fantasy XV DLC. The wildcard is Crystal Dynamics. They are working on an Avengers game that we haven’t seen anything meaningful about. I would think that a trailer would do very well considering the success of the recent Avengers movie, but I have no idea if it is ready or not.

Ubisoft

1 PM Pacific / 4 PM Eastern

Press Conference

 

Ubisoft has already tipped their hand and revealed a good portion of their press conference. We can expect to see, per the Ubisoft Website, “Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, Beyond Good & Evil 2, Skull and Bones, Starlink: Battle for Atlas and Transference, along with content for For Honor.” The only family-friendly game on that list is the toys to life game Starlink: Battle for Atlus. They didn’t tell us, but I can’t imagine that they won’t have a goofy dance number to help announce Just Dance 2019. We can also count on them for a surprise or two. Last year they announced Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle out of nowhere and blew us away.

PC Gaming Show

3 PM Pacific / 6 PM Eastern

Press Conference

 

This event is not likely to give us much to talk about. It’s never done so before. The PC Gaming show has a very specific audience (who I am sure will be very excited), but it isn’t really us. This biggest reason being that there is no one company that will be making announcements.

Sony

6 PM Pacific / 9 PM Eastern

Press Conference

 

Sony has already come out and said that the bulk of their conference will be dedicated to Spider-Man, Days Gone, Ghosts of Tsushima, and Death Stranding. Spider-Man is a big deal as it looks like it will be one of the best family-friendly games to come out this year (assuming it lives up to the hype). The other three are all games for grownups. Sony did mention that they would have third-party announcements and indie games in their show, so there is still hope there.

Tuesday, June 12th

Nintendo

9 AM Pacific / 12 PM Eastern

E3 Digital Presentation

 

Nintendo closes out the major E3 events with their annual Digital Presentation. They have already announced that they will be focusing on games coming out this year. There will be a special focus on Super Smash Brothers for Switch. They announced it already, but I’m very excited to hear more details. All we know is that it exists. I would love to see a title, a release date, and a big portion of the roster as well.

Smash isn’t the only game Nintendo will be talking about though. They already told us that a new Yoshi game will be coming later this year so I expect more details about that. There have also been rumors that a new Pokemon announcement is incoming. We’ll have to see though because Pokemon games can be difficult to predict.


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The 2018 World Video Game Hall of Fame Inductees

The Strong National Museum of Play has announced the 2018 World Video Game Hall of Fame Inductees. Final Fantasy VII, Spacewar!, Tomb Raider, and John Madden Football we selected among twelve finalists for the prestigious award.  This is a prestigious honor that has been bestowed upon a very short list of games including Pong, Tetris, Super Mario Bros., and Sonic The Hedgehog.

All of the games that have been inducted into the Hall of Fame “have enjoyed popularity over a sustained period and have exerted influence on the video game industry or on popular culture and society in general.” Take a look at the list below for this year’s deserving inductees.

Final Fantasy VII

 

Square Co.’s Final Fantasy VII took the already popular Final Fantasy series to new levels of technical achievement and story development when it debuted in 1997. It introduced 3-D computer graphics; full-motion, video cut-scenes; and a deep, complex storyline to the franchise. The game sold more than 10 million units, making it the second most popular game for the Sony PlayStation. “Final Fantasy VII is widely acclaimed as the game that broke Japanese role-playing games into mainstream popularity across the globe,” says Curator Shannon Symonds. “In addition to its technical achievements, it also introduced the world to memorable characters—such as protagonist Cloud and villain Sephiroth—who have appeared in other game franchises and myriad media.”

Spacewar!

Steve “Slug” Russell, a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Tech Model Railroad Club, worked with others at MIT to create Spacewar! in 1962 on a PDP-1 minicomputer. The game featured two starships firing torpedoes at each other, and its competitive aspects helped it to spread from computer center to computer center across the globe. This early video game inspired the first mass-market arcade video game, Atari founder Nolan Bushnell’s Computer Space. “Spacewar! was not a commercial game but it helped to launch the multi-billion-dollar video game industry,” says Jon-Paul Dyson, vice president and director of The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games. “It also spurred computer users of all types to think about creative new uses for computers and helped turn the computer into the most powerful plaything ever created.”

Tomb Raider

Combining the best elements of action-adventure games with platform games and puzzle-solving, Tomb Raider (1996) provided gamers with a unique cinematic 3-D universe, leading-edge graphics, and a female protagonist who remains an iconic figure in gaming. Largely thanks to the character of Lara Croft, and Angelina Jolie’s theatrical portrayal of her in a blockbuster movie, Tomb Raider enjoys a widespread appeal among gamers and non-gamers alike, and currently heads a franchise that has sold more than 63 million units worldwide. “The Guinness World Records cites Lara Croft as the ‘most recognized female video game character’ of all time,” says Curator Shannon Symonds. “The character is not without controversy for her early status as a sex symbol, but she’s evolved with the franchise to become the epitome of a strong female hero.”

John Madden Football

 

Electronic Arts redefined the modern sports video game with its 1990 reboot of John Madden Football. The new game moved beyond its sports game predecessors that emphasized statistical modeling, transforming the virtual gridiron into an action game that thrived on individual confrontations between virtual players. The game created a pop cultural phenomenon that has sold more than 100 million copies since its debut. “John Madden Football’s action-oriented game play has changed the way we play and consume sports video games—and even the way actual sports games are broadcast,” says Jeremy Saucier, The Strong’s assistant vice president for interpretation and electronic games. “It’s yearly, updated release of the game has modeled the path to success for franchises in other sports such as soccer, hockey, baseball, and basketball.”

 


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A Parent’s Guide to EA Origins Access

It seems like everyone is starting their own premium gaming service these days. It can be tough for parents to be able to tell the difference between Xbox Live, PlayStation Plus, and all the others. We can’t let that stand here at EFG so we wrote up a big ol’ guide for all of the premium services so our readers can tell them all apart and understand the costs and benefits of each one.

Take a look below for our guide to Origins Access!

The Pitch

Origins Access is a PC subscription service run by Electronic Arts that gives subscribers early access to EA games, discounts on digital purchases, and access to the “Origins Vault.”

How Does it Work?

Subscribers gain three benefits from their Origins Access membership.

  • Early Access to EA games – This usually amounts to a 3-4 day early access period where you can play the game for free prior to its launch date. Your game progress carries over to the full version if you choose to purchase the game after it comes out.
  • Discounts – Subscribers get a 10% discount (at least) on the digital purchase of games on Origin (An EA PC gaming platform that is similar to Steam). Games purchases using the discount remain yours without restriction after your subscription lapses.
  • Origins Vault – Subscribers get access to the Origins Vault. This is a list of older PC titles that is regularly updated. Most EA titles end up on the services 6-9 months after release. As of right now EA has stated that they don’t intend to remove older games from the Vault, but the terms of service do indicate that they reserve the right to do so.

How Much Does it Cost?

You can pay for your Origins Access subscription monthly for $4.99 or Annually for $29.99.

EA Access vs Origins Access

A lot of people get confused by these two services considering they have similar names and are both operated by Electronic Arts.

Origins Access is a PC gaming service. All of the benefits are for PC games only.

On the other hand, EA Access is a console service. In fact, it is limited to the Xbox One. All the benefits of THAT service are limited to subscribers on that console.

Advice

Origins Access is a valuable service for people who regularly play Electronic Arts games on their PC. It’s appeal is pretty limited beyond that though. It also requires that the games be downloaded using the EA Origins platform.

Other Guides

There are a ton of other premium video game services out there so we wrote guides for all of them.  Take a look below:

A Parent’s Guide to EA Access

A Parent’s Guide to Xbox Live Gold

A Parent’s Guide to Xbox Game Pass

A Parent’s Guide to PlayStation Now

A Parent’s Guide to PlayStation Plus


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It seems like everyone is starting their own premium gaming service these days. It can be tough for parents to be able to tell the difference between Xbox Live, PlayStation Plus, and all the others. We can’t let that stand here at EFG so we wrote up a big ol’ guide for all of the premium services so our readers can tell them all apart and understand the costs and benefits of each one.

Take a look below for our guide to EA Access!

The Pitch

EA Access is an Xbox One exclusive subscription service run by Electronic Arts that gives subscribers early access to EA games, discounts on digital purchases, and access to the “EA Vault.”

How Does it Work?

Subscribers gain three benefits from their EA Access membership.

  • Early Access to EA games – This usually amounts to a 3-4 day early access period where you can play the game for free prior to its launch date. Your game progress carries over to the full version if you choose to purchase the game after it comes out.
  • Discounts – Subscribers get a 10% discount (at least) on the digital purchase of EA games. Games purchases using the discount remain yours without restriction after your subscription lapses.
  • EA Vault – Subscribers get access to the EA Vault. This is a list of older EA titles that is regularly updated. Most EA titles end up on the services 6-9 months after release. As of right now EA has stated that they don’t intend to remove older games from the Vault, but the terms of service do indicate that they reserve the right to do so.

How Much Does it Cost?

You can pay for your EA Access subscription monthly for $4.99 or Annually for $29.99.


EA Access vs Origins Access

A lot of people get confused by these two services considering they have similar names and are both operated by Electronic Arts.

Origins Access is a PC gaming service. All of the benefits are for PC games only.

On the other hand, EA Access is a console service. In fact, it is limited to the Xbox One. All the benefits of THAT service are limited to subscribers on that console.

Advice

EA Access is a great value for Xbox One owners who play a lot of EA games every year. Hardcore Madden or FIFA fans might think the extra 3-4 days of early access to their favorite game might be worth the price of admission all by itself.

It isn’t a streaming service though. This means that any games that you choose to download will need to be downloaded in full to your Xbox One hard drive. If you are planning to make full use of the service it may be a good idea to purchase an external hard drive.


Other Guides

There are a ton of other premium video game services out there so we wrote guides for all of them.  Take a look below:

A Parent’s Guide to Xbox Live Gold

A Parent’s Guide to Xbox Game Pass

A Parent’s Guide to PlayStation Now

A Parent’s Guide to PlayStation Plus

A Parent’s Guide to EA Origin’s Access


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