EA's Origin service is going to be going through some changes in the next year, and it's something that should be of interest for many people. You see, EA is going to make Origin more of a service for gamers, with everything from downloading, installing, and even patching being made more user friendly. Oh, and easier, can't forget that. It's something that EA has needed to do for Origin for a while, as it should hopefully make everything much faster.
Speaking in a recent interview, EA executive vice president Andrew House elaborated on the company's original vision for Origin:
What we really had in mind in the early days was a service that made your EA games better; a service that made it easy to access games and update games. A service that enhanced the experience of playing games, a service that helped you connect to other friends playing games, and a service that ultimately did that across all platforms, not just PC.
He conceded that hasn't entirely happened, but it's about to change:
Over the years ... there've been some permutations of that vision that have manifested as part of Origin. I think what we've done is taken a step back and said 'Wow, we've actually done some really cool things with Origin.' It is by no means perfect, but we've done some pretty cool things. As you say, the plumbing is there. What can we do now to really think about Origin in the next generation?
What it all means is EA is going to improve upon Origin and make it more inline with that original vision. House wants to pull it away from being a service that's all about the transaction and more into a way to make the gaming experience better. It's something EA needs to focus on, and luckily House is realizing that that's what's important. He also realizes that changing the minds of gamers is going to take time, since Origin hasn't been the most user friendly after its launch. Hopefully the shift to being a service for gamers will help that perception, but we'll just have to see how it all plays out over the coming year.