The lights are on
This month EA Sports stated that it was working on a cross-title, cross-year persistent ID system that would chronicle your progress as a player of the label's games. Now new information purports to unveil details about this program and reveal that it's a paid subscription program.
Pastapadre has obtained a reported document that details an annual paid subscription plan for Madden, FIFA, NHL, Tiger, NCAA, and SSX that would give members perks like discounts on DLC, a membership badge, the ability to transfer paid content from year-to-year releases (like this year's Tiger DLC courses), free/exclusive DLC, and more.
Perhaps one of the more interesting features of this membership is the fact that you'd also be able to get full games via download before they come out in stores.
I personally was excited when EA announced the program, but even with all these perks, making it a paid subscription takes some of the excitement out of it for me.
EA Sports director of public relations, Rob Semsey, told us that the company has "no announcements at this time," so who knows if all of these details are legit or if the whole thing's still to be determined. When I talked with EA senior vice president of worldwide development, Andrew Wilson, last week, I got the impression that there were still a lot of details that were being hammered out. Could this document be a rough draft? On this point, perhaps it's worth noting that it refers to SSX with its old subtitle, Deadly Descents. Since the game's reveal at the Spike TV's Video Game Awards last December, that subtitle has been dropped.
We'll have to wait and see what EA Sports has cooking.
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If thats the case I can live without sports games. 2k anyone?
Seems like an interesting idea. But it'll be a cold day in hell before I start paying EA a subscription fee. These companies make enough money off me as it is.
I thought I was already paying an annual subscription to EA when I was buying their NCAA and NHL games every year...
Ridiculous. All these guys are looking at is the money they THINK they can make. And in a struggling economy no less. I'm starting to think the people who run some of these companies don't even play games. Probably just business execs trying to figure out how to please shareholders with ever increasing profits at whatever cost.
I'm not sure if this is a good idea. Some people already have to pay for Xbox live.
will they be dropping the price of there games then? I already pay for xbox live and my internet connection coupled with an ever increasing electric bill, then have to shell out nearlly £50 for a game. I cannot afford any more money on a subscription to some thing that could just be solved by ataching the information to my gamertag a bit like bungie does with halo and bungie.net
That's not something I'll be paying for.
Nope won't be getting my money. This is the exact same thing CoD is going to do this year.
The only way I would be okay with paying a subscription would be if the DLC, which I've never downloaded, was free and included with the subscription, and if there was a discount when buying the game at a retailer. Even then I would still be against this just because one, EA Sports year to year doesn't deliver games that are great. I personally skip every other year's game in hopes that I will get better and newer content in my games I buy from them. The second reason I would be against this is because the DLC that EA puts out for its sports games are a joke. They're always dumb help you win power/speed boost type things. Never anything cool like a new mode or alternate uniforms, maybe even uniforms that the EA crew made themselves just for the game. Obviously this is something that I won't be getting involved in.