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The new EA app replacing Origin is still a launcher you’ll only ever use when forced to

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Electronic Arts have formally released their new store client plugin after a lengthy open beta, replacing the much-criticized Origin with something they refer to as “the EA app” (its real name is just “EA”). They say it’s faster and better. I think maybe it is? But it doesn’t really matter, as long as it’s not a mess, because it’s not like you’re using it unless you have to anyway. Like Origin before it, the new EA app is an inconvenience that you have to accept in order to play EA games that require it, and beyond that, it’s useless. He does a good job with it.

“The EA app is our fastest and lightest PC client to date,” AE claim. “With the new streamlined design, you’ll easily find the games and content you’re looking for and discover your new favorite games. With automatic game downloads and updates in the background, you can make sure your games are ready to play when you are.” East”.

Maybe? I think it feels a little faster? I’m not sure. I only open it when I need it for a game that requires it. I switched from Origin to the beta app myself because it was required to play EA games on PC Game Pass. Sure, let’s just say he’s not feeling surprisingly worse, maybe?

In terms of appearance, your game library is still displayed as rows of big box art cubes, rather than in a useful way like a simple list. My own library still includes the ghostly, expired Battlefield 2042 Open Beta that I can’t install or remove from the list (I think Origin had that option?). That doesn’t feel fast or optimized, but then what does that matter when I only launch the app with a specific intent?

You can now also link your Steam, Xbox, and PlayStation friend lists, but I’m not sure why that’s useful in software that I’ll only release when a game requires it.

I can tell you that the problem that always made Origin slow for me still persists: no matter how many times I tell it to remember my login, it will soon forget and log me out. Since I will only open the EA app when a game requires it, the need to log in and log into my password manager to retrieve my EA credentials is by far the biggest source of slowness.

Navigating the home page of the new EA app.
Sure, I guess it’s a home page.

If you judge EA’s app as a launcher and store, it’s bland, featureless, and totally forgettable. It is outclassed by its rivals in every way. You would only consume it if you were forced to. But you’re forced to use it to play most EA games (and I can’t imagine buying a non-EA game through it), so let’s judge it this way: an unavoidable inconvenience. Based on that metric, I want the app to act basically mindless. I want him to appear quietly when needed and beyond that, I never want to touch him, see him or think about him.

It’s annoying when the app opens to its home page after closing a game because no, I closed the game, that was the only use it had for you, and that’s it. It’s annoying when I close that window and my PC beeps with a pop-up notification saying “EA application is running and has been minimized”. I know. To shut up. If we have to use it, make it as invisible and frictionless as possible. So it’s very annoying that when I’m supposed to interact with the app, I’ve probably forgotten my damn login.

This isn’t like 2K with its new 2K Launcher, mind you. Last year 2K started including that in games that had never used it, offering no benefit while adding clutter and even breaking some games. With EAs, well, they’ve largely required a bad client for a decade, this is just the same deal with a new name.

Not all new games published by EA require their client. when EA resumed releasing new games on Steam after eight years (during which they put some old games on GOG), many still required Origin in addition to Valve’s own store client. But the Steam versions of the new F1 racing games, which EA has been publishing since it bought Codemasters, don’t require Origin on top. and it seems Dead Space Remake Might Not Be On Steam Either. I hope this continues, and I also hope they release more games in stores that don’t require any customers.

You may download the EA app from their site for windows (Macs stay on Origin). It will most likely end up on your PC when some EA game you want to play requires it.

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