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Big publishers are pushing subscriptions, but at least they’re making better clients these days

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EA’s Origin client is finally being retired, and will soon be replaced by EA Desktop, an application that’s currently in beta. I gave it a try today (you can also sign up to try it on EA’s site) and it’s an obvious improvement over Origin: a simpler and faster way to launch the EA games that aren’t in my Steam library, whether I own them individually or subscribe to EA Play. I don’t subscribe, but the persistent “Join EA Play” button at the top of the client tells you how EA wishes I’d acquire its games, as if I don’t already have enough subscriptions. At least we’re getting a nice, lightweight client along with the subscription marketing, though!

It doesn’t seem entirely fair that all EA’s client has to do is work, whereas the Epic Store is harangued daily for lacking nearly two decades worth of Steam features, but we’ve grown used to EA and Ubisoft’s little gardens. (I was pretty hard on Origin when it launched, and it was pretty bad, so it’s not as if it didn’t go through the ringer itself.) 

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