After ten years, Electronic Arts is replacing Origin PC with the EA App, a new desktop client for PC.
Today, EA announced the app’s release in a new blog, calling it their “fastest and lightest PC client to date.” The EA app, which had been in open beta prior to the announcement, is now out and will soon fully replace Origin.
“For over 10 years we’ve welcomed millions of players into our Origin platform, we’ve listened to your feedback and acknowledge the limitations of this platform in a quickly evolving entertainment landscape,” EA’s post reads.
“So we set out to build EA’s next-generation PC game platform — a faster, more reliable, and more streamlined gaming experience — the best possible place for you to experience EA’s incredible games, services and content.”
The EA app will focus more on social gaming and will allow players to import their friend lists from Steam, Xbox, and PlayStation accounts.
For current Origin users, the process of switching over data will be relatively simple — games, local and cloud saves, and friend lists will transfer to the EA app automatically.
The EA app is only available for PC players, and Mac players will still have to use Origin to launch games.
Amelia Zollner is a freelance writer at IGN who loves all things indie and Nintendo. Outside of IGN, they’ve contributed to sites like Polygon and Rock Paper Shotgun. Find them on Twitter: @ameliazollner.