Gold isn't needed to access the service, at least as long as you only intend to play games offline.

EA Access won't require Xbox Live Gold subscription

By Robert Workman, Aug 04, 2014 9:05am PDT

Electronic Arts has begun ramping up its EA Access program for the Xbox One console, previously launching into beta and already working on new games to add to the service, including such forthcoming titles as Madden NFL 15 and Dragon Age: Inquisition. However, given that it's exclusive to Xbox One, will it require an Xbox Live Gold subscription?

The answer is no, but to a degree. IGN recently got a response to the inquiry, in which EA confirmed that you do not need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to take part in the program, unless you want to partake in online play.

"When it launches, any Xbox One gamer can join EA Access and take advantage of the benefits of membership. In order to connect to multiplayer gameplay on the Xbox One platform, you will need a subscription to Xbox Gold," said the company in a statement.

There's no word on an exact launch date yet, but EA said to expect it "soon." 

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