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Leaks show EA Sports mulling subscription service for content
Posted: 26.04.2011 12:53 by Simon Priest Comments: 2
Peter Moore has already revealed EA Sports intends to embrace 'persistent game profiles' across game series from now on, but a subscription service as well?

Apparently the fees range from $14.99 to $34.99 depending on volume and time. A leak says it would include DLC discounts, digital copies pre-retail and more.

An in-game "recognition badge" awaits, as does free and exclusive DLC for consoles, free and exclusive PC web content like the FIFA 12 Creative Center. This would also support transferring paid content from one iteration to another like with Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12, a game which angered fans for high amounts of expensive premium DLC.

Subscriptions could be purchased via retailers, EA or through Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network reveals the leak. The cheapest was at $14.99 which includes a 30% discount for DLC, all titles downloadable 3 days before launch but doesn't transfer DLC.

Others vary in cost depending on the discount size, early access time and the amount of features included. $34.99 covers all the available options EA Sports plan.

"Regardless of where you are, what platform you have, what game you're playing... you're constantly connected," said Peter Moore when talking about persistent profiles.

"This is how we envision the future of our industry, and this is how we at EA Sports individualise and personalise this as the future of our brand and ultimately the future of what Electronic Arts as a whole is going to do across all of its titles."

An interesting proposal or just EA 'double dipping' with DLC?

Comments

By Nicolas19 (SI Core) on Apr 26, 2011
Nicolas19
Hm, I'm sorry? $15 monthly fee for a DLC discount? So you save $3 on a $10 DLC for $15 a month, $180 a year... pure genius.
Subsequently, I guess the games' base price wouldn't be included in the monthly fee neither. For the sake of argument, take FIFA 12 and PGA 12, both AAA titles, starting at, like, $60. You get a discount of 30%, $20 per game. So you pay 12*15 + 80 = 260 dollars for just two games. Regardless of the amount of games you buy, it will never be worth it as the discount is small compared to the AAA price, it would take a total of 9 games to write off the monthly fee, which means you have to buy every single game they release at full price. And you can play all of them for only one year!
12 games a year for $50 each, 15 games a year for $40 each just to break even... and this is the cheapest alternative, DLCs not included.
Correct me if I missed something, but it seems like the rip-off of the decade.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Apr 27, 2011
FoolWolf
And that is how I envisions the end of my partaking in your business. I want to OWN something - I don't want monthly fee this, monthly fee that, I want to pay and forget - not rent and regret!