Originally published on Kupeesh!
Little did we know that last month's "Player Appreciation Month" for Battlefield 4 players was just the opening salvo in what appears to be a face saving campaign by EA to win back the affections of disgruntled gamers.
This week found the publisher offering up free copies of the Sci-Fi/ Horror classic "DeadSpace" via its Origin service. Dead Space is a third person shooter that puts the player in the role of Isaac Clarke as he struggles for survival in a scenario reminiscent of the Alien movies.
Hmm, did anyone else pick up that the protagonist's name is a concatenation of Issac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke?
My geek is showing...
To the point, this is the first offering in a new promotion EA is calling "On the House." EA plans to periodically give away free games as well as "expansions and more" via their Origin service.
EA hasn't announced a schedule for the giveaway but has indicated that this will be an ongoing promotion. That means the freebies can show up at any time but disappear without notice. EA isn't exactly screaming about it from the mountaintops either. A check of the Origin website as well as the "Store" tab of the Origin game client found no mention of On the House.
A buried treasure only found with the help of a search engine and word of mouth. Still it's worth the hunt as Dead Space is currently a $20 game on Origin so it's not exactly burnt offerings.
Your best bet is to bookmark the "On the House" page on EA's Origin website and check regularly for updates. The current URL can be found here.
In this case I suppose money really is no object...