Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, has confirmed on Twitter that Xbox Live users who are subscribed to EA Access will be able to play Star Wars Battlefront before users on other platforms. This is not an unprecedented move, as Xbox One owners who subscribed to EA Access were given the opportunity to play Battlefield Hardline before its public release.
EA Access launched on Xbox One in August of last year, and affords subscribers discounts, free trials and free downloads of EA games. At $4.99 a month, or $29.99 a year, EA Access has already seen great success, despite being in relative infancy. Sony infamously turned down the opportunity to have EA Access on PlayStation 4, stating that it was not good value for gamers.
The window of early exclusivity for Star Wars Battlefront on Xbox One has yet to be determined, but early access to Battlefield Hardline was made available five days before the game’s release, with up to ten hours of play time available across all the game’s modes.
We were impressed with what we saw of Star Wars Battlefront at E3, and eagerly anticipate its release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on November 17th.