EA Play for Xbox Game Pass PC delayed until 2021

EA Play for Xbox Game Pass PC delayed until 2021

Microsoft has said that EA Play won't be available as part of Xbox Game Pass for PC until next year.

In a post on Xbox Wire, the company said that it had decided to delay this rollout but hasn't said why. EA's service was set to come to Game Pass for PC at some point during December.

"We established this partnership with Electronic Arts because they are as passionate as we are about helping people and communities discover great games, and we knew we could provide a great experience for members by working together," the team wrote.

"In order to deliver on that, we need more time to provide the Xbox Game Pass experience."

Game Pass originally launched for consoles back in 2017 before a PC-specific version was released in the summer of 2019.

Between its release and September 2020, Microsoft's subscription service has attracted 15 million users. That's a 50 per cent increase on the number of players it boasted in April of that year, likely driven by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The Big M also revealed that it was increasing the price of Xbox Game Pass for PC, bringing it in line with the cost of the console version after more than a year of an introductory price. Microsoft's games streaming service is also joining Game Pass on PC at some point, too. 

EA Play was previously known as Origin Access or EA Origin – depending on if you played on PC or console – but was rebranded in August. The 

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