FIFA 18 will be released Friday, September 29th across all platforms. However, keen Xbox One and PC players will get the opportunity to get FIFA 18 early access for 10 hours starting September 21st! Your progress will carry over if you choose to buy the full game. We suggest taking up this opportunity as it will give you a head start in building your FIFA 18 Ultimate Team. If you are looking to start playing the full game as early as possible and save money on EA downloadable content, then our FIFA 18 EA Access & Origin Access guide is for you.

FIFA 18 EA Access & Origin Access Guide - Play FUT Early

FIFA 18 EA Access & Origin Access

What is FIFA 18 Early Access?

FIFA 18 ICONS - Maradona, Pelé, Yashin, Ronaldo & Henry

FIFA 18 Early Access is where you can play the full game for up to 10 hours starting Thursday, September 21st. The progress carries over upon buying the full game and lets you access all aspects of the game. FIFA 18 Early Access is available to Xbox One and PC users only via EA Access and Origin Access paid membership.

What is EA Access and Origin Access?

Moving on from the older EA Sports Season Ticket subscription service which ended in FIFA 15, EA Access made its debut in beta on July 29th, 2014, exclusively for the Xbox One. It was later officially launched to everyone on August 11th, 2014. A very similar service named Origin Access landed for PC users on January 12th, 2016. The service is not currently available on Playstation 4 or older gen consoles.

FIFA 18 EA Access & Origin Access is the main benefit among FIFA fans, but the memberships also offer trials for many other EA games. You can also access full games in the Vault library with 10% off EA digital purchases. This makes FIFA 18 Ultimate Team packs 10% cheaper! Both the FIFA 18 EA Access and Origin Access services will cost £3.99 a month or £19.99 a year each and can be cancelled at any time. Many of you may just require a single month to get the benefits of FIFA 18 early access and 10% on the annual launch pack opening spree.

EA Access and Origin Access Benefits

FIFA 18 Origin Access Vault Library

On top of being able to play games before they launch and 10% off EA digital purchases, EA have a library of games you can access at no additional charge!

The Vault

What is The Vault?

Simply have an active EA or Origin Access membership and you’ll be given instant access to a growing collection of EA’s games (there is a separate vault for Xbox One and PC).

Which Games are available in The Vault?

You’ll likely see FIFA 18 added to The Vault around April 19th, 2018. Please note that The Vault games may vary by country. Current games for the UK include;

Xbox One – EA Access

  • Medal of Honor Airborne
  • EA SPORTS™ FIFA 17
  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • Dead Space™ Ignition
  • Zuma’s Revenge!
  • NHL 17
  • Madden NFL 17
  • Skate 3
  • Star Wars™ Battlefront™
  • EA SPORTS™ UFC® 2
  • Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
  • Mirror’s Edge
  • Mass Effect
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2
  • SSX
  • Unravel
  • Need for Speed
  • NBA Live 16
  • Rory McIlroy PGA Tour
  • FIFA 16
  • NHL 16
  • Madden NFL 16
  • Battlefield Hardline
  • Dead Space
  • Dragon Age Inquisition
  • Titanfall
  • FIFA 15
  • Battlefield 4
  • Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare
  • Madden NFL 15
  • NHL 15
  • UFC
  • Need for Speed Rivals
  • NBA LIVE 15
  • Peggle 2
  • FIFA 14
  • Madden NFL 25
  • Plants vs. Zombies

PC – Origin Access

  • FIFA 17
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Mirrors Edge Catalyst
  • Titanfall Deluxe Edition
  • Mass Effect Nexus
  • Unravel
  • Plants and Zombies GW2
  • FIFA 16
  • Battlefield 4
  • Need for Speed
  • Crysis 3
  • Battlefield Hardline
  • Dragon Age Inquisition
  • Plants and Zombies Garden Warfare
  • Torchlight 2
  • FIFA 15
  • Battlefield 3
  • This War of Mine
  • Sim City Complete Edition
  • Orwell
  • Trine Enchanted Edition
  • The Badder Saga
  • Need for Speed Rivals Complete Edition
  • Command & Conquer 17
  • Plants vs Zombies
  • Dead Space 3
  • Dead Space 2
  • Sim City 4
  • Dead Space
  • Crysis 2 Maximum Edition

FIFA 18 EA Access and Origin Access FAQ

Does Early Access include FIFA 18 Ultimate Team?

Yes, you’ll be able to play FUT 18 during FIFA 18 early access and also open packs using FIFA points 10% cheaper. Your progress in FUT will save and will be available on the FIFA 18 Web App without chewing into your 10 hours game time. We strongly advise using your time during FIFA 18 EA Access to play the game, get your coin boosts from the EASFC catalogue and use the FUT Web App & Mobile Companion App to trade / build your teams. You’ll get unlimited time on the apps before the official release, meaning it makes sense to use that time efficiently. Familiarising yourself with the game during FIFA 18 early access will definitely help you to win more games when new and returning players start upon the official release.

Will my FUT Early Access progress carry over?

Yes. You’re playing the real game and not a demo, meaning your progress will save and carry over upon purchasing the real game. That means saved games, achievements and trophies will be available upon the official release.

EA & Origin Access 10% Digital Discounts

Perhaps the biggest long term benefit of subscribing for many of you, 10% discount off all EA digital purchases. You will automatically receive the best prices on DLC content, new releases and pre-orders. The 10% discount includes FIFA points all the time you are subscribed, meaning your FIFA 18 packs will be even cheaper.

How to sign up for EA Access and Origin Access

To sign up to FIFA 18 EA Access and Origin Access, you can join through the free EA Access Hub app on Xbox One or via the Origin website. EA access instructions as follows;

  • Locate the Store tab on the Xbox One home screen and select Apps. Click Search and search ‘EA Access‘. Install and launch the EA Access Hub app.
  • Launch and link the app to your EA Account. If you do not have an EA Account, follow the on-screen instructions.
  • Select Sign Up and choose your membership plan (1 month at £3.99 or a year at £19.99 for EA Access).
  • After payment press ‘B’ to back out of the buy screen, then select Continue to Home.

U.S. users can purchase EA Access at their local GameStop retail store ($4.99 a month or $29.99 a year).

How do I cancel my EA Accesss and Origin Access subscription?

This can be done via the Xbox or Origin websites or your Xbox One console. In short you need to log into your EA account and locate “Account and Privacy” or “Manage Membership” on Origin or the Subscriptions Column on the Xbox website. Should you rejoin, all of your games and progress will be waiting for you.

Will EA Access or Origin Access be available for Xbox 360 or PS3?

No, FIFA 15 was the final year for EA Sports Season Ticket on the older generation consoles. With increased numbers of next generation console users, they’re not planning to renew promotions for older gen consoles.

Can I transfer my FIFA Points from FIFA 17 to FIFA 18?

Yes you can. We’ll detail this in more detail shortly, but in short you only have a one-time transfer of FIFA points between the same console (i.e. Xbox One to Xbox One). It’s important to note you cannot transfer back.

How long does FIFA 18 early access last?

Usually right up until the release or until you’ve played 10 hours, whichever comes sooner.

How does the FIFA 18 demo differ to FIFA 18 EA Access and Origin Access?

The FIFA 18 demo is basically a limited version of the full game. You will only have access to limited features, such as a shortened ‘The Journey’ game mode and the ability to play a game with limited teams. You likely won’t be able to access FIFA Ultimate Team or it’s features at the time the demo is released. The demo is meant to act as a taster to show users how good the full game will be.

Is EA Access or Origin Access Transferable?

No, you cannot transfer your membership or to anyone else.

Can I join FIFA 18 EA Access without Xbox Live Gold?

Yes. However, in order to play multiplayer you will need a gold subscription.

What payment methods can I use for EA Access or Origin Access subscription?

Credit card and PayPal payments are currently the only accepted methods.

Why do games in The Vault vary between countries?

There are different rules regarding which games can be made available. The Vault may vary by country.

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  1. The main question ist, what comes earlier now, the 10 hours EA Access or the 3 days early you get with any of the pre-order packages?

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