Electronic Arts said during a financial conversation yesterday that Origin Access Premier, an upgraded version of its subscription-based Origin Access service that provides full unlimited access to EA games, will be released next week. More clearly, it also took the plug on Origin's "On the House" program, which provided free games to everyone, including non-access subscribers, on an intermittent, time-limited basis.
On the house debuted in 201
However, earlier today, Reddit discovered that the link to the On House page would continue to alert further to Origin's front page. EA had not announced to eliminate On House, but a representative confirmed in e-mail that it had been dropped.
"Origin of the house has been retired and games will no longer be offered through the program. This change will not affect any game players downloaded from the service before that date – they are theirs to keep forever," rep said.
"Although this chapter in On House comes to an end, we are pleased to introduce so many great games to our amazing players. We are looking for ways to improve our service and provide users with an even better experience, and We thank everyone for being part of our community. "
Disappointing, even though we do not lift any more free stuff out of EA's pockets, I'm not very surprised that On House goes away. In a market dominated by Steam, EA needed a way to attract attention to its own platform, and nothing says "look over here" as promised free games. But I do not think it's a priority that it was Origin's early days: The steam is still beemoth, but we have largely adjusted the idea of publisher-specific store fonts and launches, and new EA games that require Origin instead of Steam no longer seem like a big deal-so the need to compensate for it's just not there anymore.