EA Play on Xbox Game Pass for PC has been delayed to 2021
It was due to launch today but will now arrive next year
Microsoft has announced that EA Play will no longer be added to Xbox Game Pass for PC today.
In an Xbox Wire blog post, the company said EA Play will now join Xbox Game Pass for PC in 2021.
“When we originally set out to write this blog post, which would announce the availability of EA Play on PC with Xbox Game Pass, it looked a little bit different,” Microsoft said.
“Unfortunately, what had been a celebratory post is now one asking for a little more patience: We made the decision to delay until 2021 the release of EA Play on PC as part of the Xbox Game Pass for PC and Ultimate memberships.
“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. In order to deliver on that, we need more time to provide the Xbox Game Pass experience.”
Microsoft went on to say that it will have more news to share “early next year”.
As of November 10, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers on console get an EA Play membership at no additional cost, granting members unlimited access to full versions of selected EA back catalogue games.
EA Play also offers early access trials of most new EA games, including FIFA 21 and Madden NFL 21, and members receive a 10 percent discount on EA digital purchases.
In a recent interview with Gaming Bible, Xbox marketing GM Aaron Greenberg suggested the addition of EA Play to Xbox Game Pass is part of a long-term agreement between Microsoft and EA.
“So right now we have a significant partnership with EA Play… and this is going to remain in the service for quite a while,” he said.