EA Access subscribers have the chance to try FIFA 18 first. However, this is not the only advantage. They can play other games for free and get special discounts. Keep reading our FIFA 18 EA Access Guide to know everything about this program, including the early access, the free games available, the discounts, the release dates, the prices and how to buy it.
What is EA Access?
Should you subscribe the EA Access program?
EA Access is a subscription paid program exclusively for XBox One owners. With it, gamers can get exclusive offers for Electronic Arts video games.
The EA Access, released on August 2014, offers to subscribers three main advantages:
Early Access to the full game
Subscribers can download FIFA 18 earlier and play it up to 10 hours. It is possible to carry forward the progress and achievements.
Free Access to Games
EA Access holders have free access, any time and as long they keep being subscribers of the service, to a selection of games ‘The Vault’. At this moment, it includes FIFA 14, FIFA 15, FIFA 16 and FIFA 17.
10% discount on EA digital purchases
EA Access subscribers pay 10% less to buy FUT 18 packs and also get a 10% discount in the full FIFA 18 game, as well in any other EA digital content. If you own FIFA 17 on Xbox One and if you are an EA Access Membership, you can join both discounts to pay 20% less on the Icon edition.
How to play FIFA 18 first
• Try new EA games days before official release with EA Access Play First Trials – no purchase necessary.
• Love what you played? Buy the full game and your progress carries over.
• Want to know what the hype is about? Jump into a Play First Trial even after release day.
What is included?
Subscribers can download FIFA 18 full game before the date release. But there is more. EA Access holders also get early access to other EA Sports titles.
What are the early access features?
Through FIFA 18 early access, subscribers may play the full game before the game hits the stores, including on line play and FIFA Ultimate Team features. However, there is a 10 hours total limit of game play. It is possible to play, trade, sell, buy cards and FIFA Points, which can be a huge advantage over the other players without early access. Saved games and achievements/trophies subscribers earn during Early Access, while connected to EA Servers, will unlock once they purchase and log into the EA Servers with the final version of the game.
Which ones are the early access dates?
FIFA 18 EA Access early access starts at September 21, which is eight days before the official FIFA 18 release date.
How to get the early access?
After buying the EA Access, subscribers just need to download the game through the service’s dashboard.
How to play other games for free?
• Play 40+ games as much as you want, whenever you want. More are added over time.
• Explore EA series like Battlefield, FIFA, Dragon Age, Plants vs. Zombies and more.
• More games added over time.
What is the Vault?
The Vault is a growing collection of full EA’s best games for the Xbox One that you can download and play with an active EA Access membership. Enjoy unlimited time with great EA games.
Which games can I play for free?
The Vault is an evolving selection of EA’s Xbox One games that EA Access members can download and play while they are an active member. With EA Access, the subscribers get unlimited access to the following games (with more titles being added soon):
Dead Space™ Ignition
Dragon Age Inquisition
Dragon Age: Origins
Madden NFL 15
Madden NFL 16
Madden NFL 17
Madden NFL 25
Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 3
Medal of Honor Airborne
Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
NBA LIVE 15
NBA Live 16
Need for Speed
Need for Speed Rivals
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare
Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2
Rory McIlroy PGA Tour
Star Wars™ Battlefront™
Will FIFA 18 be added to The Vault?
Just like FIFA 14, FIFA 15, FIFA 16 and FIFA 17, also FIFA 18 will be added to The Vault. It probably will happen on April 20, 2018.
How do I get the games?
The games from ‘The Vault’ can be downloaded through the EA Access dashboard.
How to pay less to play with EA Access?
• Automatically save 10% on EA digital purchases on Xbox One.
• Applies to full games, season passes, DLC and Ultimate Team content.*
• The discount lasts as long as you’re a member.
Which discount is included in this service?
EA Access subscribers get 10% off on DLC FIFA 18 and on all Ultimate Team packs purchased with real money (FIFA Points). Packs purchased with coins don’t get this discount. Additionally, the 10% discount also applies to full games, season passes, DLC and Ultimate Team content. The discount lasts as long as you’re a member.
How to get the discount?
Subscribers just need to make the purchase through the EA Access dashboard. The discount is applied automatically.
How much subscribers pay for FIFA Points?
EA Access subscribers pay less every time they buy FIFA Points. Here are the prices, subject to change, that are applied automatically:
|Price [£]||Price [€]|
|FIFA Points||Included Bonus||Normal||EA Access||Normal||EA Access|
Note: Prices may vary depending on your region
How to Buy the EA Access
How to subscribe EA Access?
How to signing up for a membership?
Signing up for a membership is easy: Just head on over to the EA Access page to get started. You can also join through the free EA Access Hub app on Xbox One. Here’s how:
1) Go to the Store tab on the Xbox One home screen and select Apps. Select Search and search for EA Access. Install and launch the EA Access Hub app.
2) Launch the EA Access Hub app and link it to your Origin Account. If you do not have an Origin Account, simply follow the on-screen instructions to complete this step.
3) On the next screen, select Sign Up, then choose your membership plan.
4) Once you’ve finished the payment process, you’ll be brought back to the buy screen. Press ‘B’ on your controller to back out of this screen, then select Continue to Home.
Is EA Access membership available in my country?
Currently, it is available in 41 countries and territories: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States.
How much does EA Access cost?
Membership for EA Access has been priced at $4.99/£3.99/€ 3,99 per month or $29.99/£19.99/€ 24,99 for a full year. Credit card and PayPal are accepted as payment methods.
Can I subscribe this service for a single month only?
Membership for EA Access can be subscribed for a single month only. Many people do it to pay less for FIFA 18 and also to get the benefits of FIFA 18 early access. Keep in mind that this service is free from June 10 to June 19, 2017.
Can I purchase an EA Access membership at a physical retail store?
Members who live in the U.S. can purchase a membership at their local GameStop retail store.
EA Access Frequently Asked Questions
What else the community wants to know?
Q: When do I need to buy a subscription that works with FIFA 18?
A: At least before the game release, if you want to play in the early access. Discounts’ on packs are always valid.
Q: What happens when my subscription ends?
A: In order to keep working after this period, a renew is required. By default, it is made automatically.
Q: How do I cancel my subscription?
A: This can be done via the Xbox website or your Xbox One console. You need to log into your EA account and locate ‘Account and Privacy‘ or the Subscriptions Column on the Xbox website.
Q: What happens to DLC I’ve purchased if I cancel my EA Access membership?
A: You’ll keep any games or content you buy with your membership discount. However, you’ll lose access to The Vault if you cancel your membership. If you bought DLC specifically for a Vault game, you’ll need to either purchase the associated base game separately or renew your membership to access your DLC.
Q: Do I have to have an Xbox Live Gold account to join EA Access?
A: Nope, you can join up with a free Xbox Live Silver account. That said, you’ll need an Xbox Live Gold account to play any multiplayer games included in EA Access.
Q: Does my EA Access account work on multiple Xbox One consoles?
A: Yes – your membership is attached to your gamertag, so you can use your EA Access account on any Xbox One console where you’ve logged in.
Q: Can everyone in my house use my EA Access account?
A: If you’ve designated your Xbox as your home console, anyone with an account that uses that Xbox can download, install, and play Vault games through your membership. Trials of new EA games and your 10% member discount will only be accessible through your specific Xbox Live account.
Q: Is FIFA 18 EA Access transferable?
Q: If I have an EA Access subscription but don’t buy the game, how long I will be able to play FIFA 18 with the early access?
A: Usually until the full game release date or until you have played 10 hours, whichever comes sooner.
Q: What are pre-release trials? Will my progress carry over?
A: With an EA Access membership, you can download and play upcoming EA games before they’re released for a limited time. Because you’re playing the real game, not a demo, any progress you make will carry over, so you can pick up where you left off starting on launch day if you decide to purchase the game.
Q: Are games streamed or downloaded?
A: The games you want are downloaded straight to your system to ensure the best possible performance, and can stay there as long as you have your EA Access membership (or until it’s time to clear out your hard drive for more games).
Q: How do the trials of new EA games work?
A: As a part of your membership, you get exclusive access to EA’s newest games days before they’re released. Your progress even carries over to the full game if you decide to buy, so you can pick up where you left off.
Q: How long does each trial last?
A: Trials typically last up to 10 hours. Burn through all that playtime at once or spread it out over days – the timer only ticks down when the trial is running. The trial timer will continue to count down even when the game is running in the background, so make sure to quit your trial completely when you aren’t playing.
Q: What is the difference between the demo and the FIFA 18 EA Access trial?
A: Demos are stand-alone chunks of a game meant to give you a taste of what it offers. But with EA Access trials, you’re playing the real game for a limited time before its release date. And if you purchase FIFA 18 once it releases, you can pick up right where you left off – your progress and stats carry over.
Q: Can I buy FUT 18 packs during the early access?
A: Yes. This feature is active in FIFA 18 early access version.
Q: Will FIFA Points be for sale during early access period?
A: Yes. Players who have FIFA 18 EA Access for Xbox One will be able to purchase FIFA Points during the early access trial.
Q: Can I transfer my FIFA 17 Points to FIFA 18 Points during the early access period?
A: Yes, you can. However, this is only between XBox One and XBox One. If players choose to not play the full version of FIFA 18, they will not be able to transfer their FIFA Points back to FIFA 17.
Q: Should I buy the EA Access? What do you think?
A: It depends on your profile. If you play more EA games besides FIFA, it may be a good decision.