Into the Breach (opens in new tab) and FTL (opens in new tab), two of the best indie games on PC, made their way to the basic tier of Origin Access this week, while Tropico 6 (opens in new tab) and tactics game Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden (opens in new tab) came to the Premier version.
Subscribers to the basic tier, which is $30/£20 a year or $5/£4 a month, also got black-and-white puzzler Shift Quantum (opens in new tab) and Taiwanese horror game Detention, which Andy was a big fan of (opens in new tab). Into the Breach, our 2018 game of the year (opens in new tab), and FTL were both made by Subset Games—EA opened up Origin Access to third parties last year (opens in new tab).
Tropico 6, a solid entry to the city building series, and the XCOM-like Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden are part of the much pricier Origin Access Premier, which is $100/£90.
The basic subscription is, as long as it stays at the current price point, good value for money, and you get a vault of more than 200 games to download and play. You get new games added every month, and there's normally at least one worth playing. This month's batch is just a particularly good one.
As for Premier, I'm not yet sold. Its games are newer, but it's a big price jump. As Samuel wrote in December (opens in new tab), it's only really worth it if you love sports and FPS games.
The full list of games for both tiers is here (opens in new tab).