Pre-loading lets you unlock, unpack, and install games before their official launch date. Once games are live, you’ll start playing with no extra steps.
It isn’t available for all games, but when it is, you’ll save time.
If a game has pre-loading available and you buy it as a pre-order, you’ll be charged the day of pre-load release.
Once you download the game file, the Origin client will show a timer counting down until the game unlocks.
With some newer games, you can play right after you download. Other games may have a decrypting and unpacking step before installation.
Once the Install button pops up, click to start the game installer and get in on the action. Voila!