Starting from 18th August, EA Access will be renamed EA Play, but the service will remain largely the same. The juggernaut publisher didn’t explain much in its press release – will subscribing to the service on the PlayStation 4 provide you with access to a PC membership, for example? – but it was eager to stress that many of the benefits users are already accustomed to will remain.
That means you’ll continue to get 10 per cent off EA purchases, as well as early access to Game Trials and an ever-growing vault of legacy software. “In fact, we’re adding even more in the coming months, starting with exclusive in-game challenges and monthly reward drops for members on select titles,” the press release explained.
It seems said bonuses will first start appearing in Madden NFL 21, FIFA 21, and Star Wars Squadrons, with more to follow in future releases. “What do we mean by exclusive challenges, rewards, and content?” the company continued. “That will vary from title to title, but we’re talking things like early access challenges and rewards like Ultimate Team Packs, exclusive vanity items, and more.”
As for the firm’s annual press conference, that will be renamed EA Play Live moving forwards. The publisher will continue to offer day one access to its releases courtesy of EA Play Pro on the PC, though there’s no word on whether this will launch on PlayStation just yet. To be honest this entire announcement has been half-baked, but we’ll attempt to get clarification from the company.