In short, it’s a massive jump compared to the previous Origin, which was limited to a trickle of info about the game. “I think we started with the expectation that everyone would think of Origin as a more open experience,” says producer Rob Hill. “That’s why we’ve had so many stories that we wanted to be able to share – stories that don’t always end up in a single place. We’ve had so much content that we actually added a lot to that, but the expectation was that there would be a lot of stuff that people would be able to share. Certainly some of the biggest stories that we’ve ever created, but that also includes the ones that don’t fit, that are just not going to be on the service. So there’s been a lot of great content that you’re not going to be able to share.” “We’re going to be launching with a subscription model, which is a little bit different to a season pass,” Hill continues. “So you get the whole content from the beginning. We also have a subscription based version of Games for Windows, which is just a very different model. There’s a pass level for the first six months, a subscription based on the length of the service. So we’re going to be the most open-ended subscription model on Origin, and we’re going to be able to give you the service for six months.” An Origin is a subscription-based game subscription service that starts with a base subscription, and then a yearly subscription. A free trial is then offered to let you see if you’re interested, which Hill says is free to Xbox Live Gold and Games for Windows Gold subscribers. You can cancel at any time. “It’s really the content that’s different,” Hill says. “So if you’re going to go buy a game, you’re not just going to get the base version of that game, you are going to get the one you actually want. So if you’re going to go buy a game, you’re not just going to get the base version of that game, you are going to get the one you actually want. So I think that’s the beauty of Origin.” There are also multiple game subscription models available from which to choose, but they all have some restrictions. The one you’ll probably want to avoid is Origin Access on Xbox One. It’s a completely different model, with its own monthly and annual releases. Origin Access is, in our opinion, a better value proposition. We think. But what do you think about Microsoft’s new online subscription model?