(Pocket-lint) - Update: Microsoft has now announced that EA Play on Games Pass will go live from 2pm PT (9pm GMT) on 18 March. The service will include: 

  • More than 60 of EA’s biggest and best PC games like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, FIFA 20, Titanfall 2 and Need for Speed Heat, as well as titles from some of EA’s most popular franchises like Battlefield, Madden NFL, Command & Conquer, and The Sims.
  • On day one, members can play the new-to-Play List title Star Wars: Squadrons on PC and console.Exclusive in-game challenges and rewards, special member-only content, and discounts on EA digital purchases via EA Desktop (beta).
  • Access to trials of games for up to 10 hours from best-loved franchises and top titles like FIFA 21.

Original story continues below: 

EA Play debuted on Xbox Games Pass in late 2020 - but only for consoles. Games Pass subscribers on PC were told at the 11th hour that things were being delayed into 2021. 

Now, it seems that launch is nearly upon us, three months late. A tweet from EA suggests as much: "If you’re a member of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you have access to EA Play for Xbox, and you’ll get access to EA Play for PC soon". Just when 'soon' is, isn't clear of course.  

The December 2020 delay was oddly announced in an unattributed blog post and the post itself had a bit of a surprised tone about it, leading to the thought that some kind of unforeseen technical error had resulted in the delay.

"When we originally set out to write this blog post, which would announce the availability of EA Play on PC with Xbox Game Pass, it looked a little bit different. Unfortunately, what had been a celebratory post is now one asking for a little more patience: We made the decision to delay until 2021 the release of EA Play on PC as part of the Xbox Game Pass for PC and Ultimate memberships."

"We established this partnership with Electronic Arts because they are as passionate as we are about helping people and communities discover great games, and we knew we could provide a great experience for members by working together. In order to deliver on that, we need more time to provide the Xbox Game Pass experience."

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"We’ll have more to share early next year; as always, we appreciate your support as we work to deliver this experience for our Xbox Game Pass members. Stay tuned for more information."

Writing by Dan Grabham.