The days of launching Electronic Arts games on the PC platform via the Origin app are coming to an end. EA announced this week that the company’s new app (referred to as the “EA App”) has left open beta and is ready to be available to everyone. It’s faster and more reliable than Origin, EA claims, meaning Origin will eventually be replaced by its successor.
For those who might not have even known that the EA app was all in beta and still using Origin, EA this week announced the following plans for the PC launchers and touted some of the improvements the EA app offers.
“Today, we are excited to announce that the EA app has officially exited open beta and will soon replace Origin as our primary PC platform,” EA said. “The EA app is our fastest and lightest PC client yet. With its new, streamlined design, you can easily find the games and content you want and discover your new favorite games. With automatic game downloads and background updates, you can make sure that your games are ready to play when you are.”
It also shared more information about how people can make the jump from Origin to the EA app while keeping games and saves intact. EA said it will invite people to “switch over soon,” but no dates were given on when those invitations could be sent. EA has reassured users that both local and cloud saves and friend lists will also carry over, and you can still link Steam, Xbox and PlayStation accounts as usual.
For those who want to go ahead and get the app to get ahead of the final invite phase that EA is planning, you can download it here. EA didn’t specify in the blog post when the Origin app would be retired, but in a separate post in the forums on this topic, an EA community manager confirmed that “Origin will eventually disappear completely.”