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EA Launches Origin Access Premiere Subscription for PC

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EA has announced a new subscription tier to Origin, EA’s digital storefront and gaming library for PC. The Origin Access Premiere subscription will cost $14.99/month or $99/year. Members will be granted access to 100+ games on Origin as well as additional in-game currency, and early access to new releases such as Madden NFL 19, Battlefield V, and Anthem.

“Origin Access Premier offers players a wealth of content, including all of EA’s PC games and numerous titles from other publishers in a single membership,” said Michael Blank, Senior Vice President, Player Network. “As our first-ever subscription service with full access to newly-released EA games, we’re offering players more freedom to play the games they want, anytime they want.”

In addition to the Basic tier library of games, the Premiere subscription provides access to the following games:

  • A Way Out
  • Fe
  • The Sims 4 Digital Deluxe Bundle
  • Star Wars Battlefront II
  • Unravel Two
  • Madden NFL 19 Hall of Fame Edition (August 2)
  • FIFA 19 Ultimate Edition (September 20)
  • Battlefield V Deluxe Edition (October 11)
  • Anthem Legion of Dawn Edition (February 15, 2019)

The previous Origin Access Basic membership already granted access to a library of 100+ games for a fraction of the cost: $4.99/month or $29.99/year. The main differences are that Premiere includes extra content (most likely the deluxe edition) with a minimum $20 value. Additionally the Basic subscription grants only 10-hour trials of early access to new games, while the Premiere tier grants full unlimited access to new games several days in advance.

Both tiers also provide 10% off Origin purchases.

Unfortunately EA has also chosen to end its On the House program, where it periodically gave away free downloads to older EA games, such as Theme Hospital, Plants vs. Zombies, and Mass Effect 2. Any games that were added and downloaded from the program will remain in your collection.

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Sleep Tight Review

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Available On: PC, Switch

Sleep Tight presents the classic monster-in-the-closet tale and transforms it into a kid-themed tower defense game, married with the gun-play of a twin-stick shooter. Both aspects are decently executed if a bit shallow, and the theme of defending your bedroom against an onslaught of Pixar-friendly monsters is a fun one.

Yet Sleep Tight lacks the mechanical depth of other tower defense games, and surviving against the hordes is more of an exercise in quantity over quality.

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With No Man’s Sky NEXT, Hello Games Pledges Free, Weekly Content

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No Man’s Sky has been updated this week with its fourth major content update. Dubbed No Man’s Sky NEXT, it finally, officially adds multiplayer support, as well as the ability to play in third-person. The update is free to existing PC and PlayStation 4 owners, and No Man’s Sky is also now available on Xbox One.

With the release of No Man’s Sky NEXT, indie developer Hello Games is pledging to become more involved with the community. This will be reflected in the new website, the Galactic Atlas. More importantly, they are pledging to provide “weekly content and community events.”

Sean Murray, No Man’s Sky lead designer and co-founder at Hello Games, admitted to making mistakes when it came to communication surrounding the game’s initial launch back in 2016.

“Whilst I couldn’t be prouder of the team, I personally made mistakes,” writes Murray. “I could talk all day about things I personally would change. Certainly one regret is that the intensity and drama of launch left no room for communication with the community.”

The hype surrounding the game reached a fever pitch, even as many consumers and critics were confused about No Man’s Sky’s gameplay and features, especially multiplayer. Murray himself was harassed and sent death threats. The small indie team went radio silent following the game’s launch, leading to more confusion and drama.

Yet over the years the game has been clawing its way back. Hello Games has released three large content updates: Foundation, Pathfinder, and Atlas Rises, each adding significant features such as vehicles, base-building, and huge chunks of story content.

No Man’s Sky NEXT is the latest free content update, with real multiplayer being a hugely requested feature. Is it too little too late, or admirable that the developers continue to produce free, quality updates? No matter where you land, Hello Games has committed to supporting No Man’s Sky.

The first season of weekly content is coming soon. No Man’s Sky NEXT is available now on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It’s rated T for Teen.