Last night news broke that EA are launching a subscription service which will allow gamers to play various EA games throughout the year by paying an annual fee. That means that those who do subscribe will receive ‘free’ content from EA. The catch? It’s for Xbox One only.
EA announced that they would be rolling out EA Access which would give players the ability to access “The Vault”, starting with games such as FIFA 14, Madden 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4. These games will be used to run the beta version of the service and, assuming it does well enough, it will be offered up to anyone who is willing to subscribe. This means that for a much reduced cost of around R400 per year or R80 per month, players will be able to play some top games from EA rather than paying around R800 per game.
There is more to deal. Those who subscribe will get exclusive deals on EA games and DLC. Subscribers will also have the option to receive early access to upcoming games whereby you would be able to download games early and even test them out for two hours before deciding on whether or not to purchase the full game.
It’s a great idea from EA and a definite coup from Microsoft who will be appealing to fans of the annual and other EA games. It’s hard to argue with a fee as low as R400 (depending on the exchange rate) as you’ll receive lots of content for your outlay. HOWEVER, I am not fully convinced just yet. If the idea is that the free games only come out long after the initial released then it’s not quite as clear cut. There is just no way I would be able to wait for FIFA 15 for free if it is going to take almost a year to be on offer.
So there are advantages and disadvantages to the service depending on your preferences. But I would like to know your thoughts on the service or the idea at least. Do you think it is a good idea? Is it the way forward for publishers and developers? Or do you think there is another catch to it? Let us know below.