EA Play for Game Pass PC delayed to next year

December 15, 2020 EA Play on Xbox Game Pass for PC has been delayed until 2021.

EA Play was set to become part of Xbox Game Pass for PC today after its launch for the console version of the service back in November, but it looks like that’s not to be. Microsoft has confirmed that EA Play for the PC version of Game Pass has been delayed until 2021.

“We established this partnership with Electronic Arts because they are as passionate as we are about helping people and communities discover great games,” Microsoft says in its announcement, “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 says it will have “more to share early next year”. Whenever it does launch, EA Play will be available through all PC flavours of Xbox Game Pass. That includes both the basic $9.99 / £7.99 Xbox Game Pass PC subscription, and the $14.99 / £10.99 Xbox Game Pass Ultimate bundle, which includes both PC and console Game Pass, Xbox Live Gold, and access to xCloud streaming services.

It’s important to note that EA Play is $4.99 and only includes access to the publisher’s vault of older titles, like Titanfall 2, the Mass Effect and Dragon Age series, and older Battlefield and EA Sports titles. New games are typically added about a year after launch, though that’s not a consistent rule.

EA Play Pro, a $14.99 / £14.99 subscription, is only available through EA’s Origin launcher. This is the one that includes day one access to most new PC games that EA publishes, similar to Uplay Plus or Xbox Game Pass itself.

You can check out our list of free PC games if any of these monthly prices are still a bit much for you.