EA’s desktop app is no longer in beta and is now available for download. The game client will fully replace Origin for PC, which launched in 2011, and promises a “faster, more reliable and more streamlined” Windows gaming experience. Mac users, however, will not receive this update and will be able to continue using the Origin app. Switching to the appropriately titled “EA App” transfers your save files, purchased games, and achievements seamlessly. The update will be available as an invitation, or you can visit the official site. With that, the Origin name is gone for good – on PC anyway.
Installing the EA app will automatically remove Origin, replacing it entirely. Once logged into the new client, which features a cleaner user interface, players can directly start downloading games, background updates, or browsing the store, which is now integrated into the EA Play subscription service. Speaking of which, your existing plans will carry over to the new software, be it EA Play or the premium EA Play Pro subscription. If you were a subscriber at some point, it will even ask you to renew your subscription before navigating through the app itself.
“For over 10 years we have welcomed millions of players to our Origin platform, we have listened to your feedback and recognize the limitations of this platform in a rapidly changing entertainment landscape. So we set out to create EA’s next-gen PC gaming platform,” the blog post read.
Don’t mind the “BETA” in the title bar, which should be removed with the next update, ensuring that all Origin users have switched to the EA app. Players can easily import their friends list by connecting the account to other platforms such as Steam, Xbox and PlayStation – although an initial connection is required. And while it includes a decent store page, with screenshots and description – like the Epic Games Store – the trailer segment is simply a YouTube embed, which opens in a separate window.
Publisher clients such as Battle.net, Ubisoft Connect, and the aforementioned Origin have always sparked debate online, due to their downsides. Mainly due to an additional login process regardless of where you purchased the game. Luckily, a report from PC Gamer reveals that the upcoming Dead Space remake will be available natively on Steam, apart from the EA app. The company also reaffirmed that the transition to the EA app will have no effect on this.
The EA app is now available for download on Windows PC. Meanwhile, Mac users can continue to use Origin without interruption.