EA Downloader, which launched last November with Battlefield 2 and Sims 2 expansions, has been replaced with EA Link. The enhanced service offers demos, trailers, wallpapers, patches and complete games for download online. EA Link will also make it easier to buy content by supporting preexisting services like PayPal. Many comparisons have been drawn between Link and XBox Live Marketplace, and it sounds like the service was inspired by Electronic Arts' success there so far. The new system already has the 2007 versions of Tiger Woods, FIFA, NBA Live, NHL, Sims 2, Battlefield 2142 and more available for direct download. GameSpot has posted an interview with EA's vice president of online commerce that gives readers an idea about where the service might go in the future. It sounds like there is a lot of potential here for fans of Origin games.
GS: So as of now there are no current plans to charge for microtransactions for PC content?
CL: No, there aren't plans to that scale. We do have microtransaction content available for Ultima Online, and that's something that our customers love. We put little bits and pieces out here and there. But no, certainly not to the scale that you're looking at it, at something like Xbox Marketplace.