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Report – EA Sports’ Persistent ID to be a new paid subscription service

Saturday, 23rd April 2011 14:48 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

It looks as though the persistent profiles EA was on about a couple weeks ago may be a new form of paid subscription service.

According to documents obtained by Pastapadre, it looks as though the service is an annual payment plan for FIFA, Madden, NCAA, NHL, SSX, and Tiger Wood PGA, which would offer member discounts on DLC, free and exclusive DLC, the option to transfer paid content from releases such as DLC, membership badges, and the biggest kicker: full games before they are released in stores via download.

Pastapadre was pointed towards a survey which suggests the service could cost members between $14.99 and $34.99 depending on “advertised options, the extent of the discounts, and up to a full week in advance to download games before they arrive in stores.”

When Game Informer contacted EA Sports director of public relations Rob Semsey regarding the matter, they received the canned “no announcements at this time,” response.

Likely, we will get the same response, but we’ll send a mail anyway.

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9 Comments

  1. HauntaVirus

    um, no.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Phoenixblight

    If this is true I see this failing especially for the 360 because people already pay a sub just to do multiplayer, now EA will issue a sub for those that want to play their sport titles? Yeah……..No.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Hunam

    Yeah, getting a sub out of someone already paying a sub is going to be an up hill battle.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Lounds

    epic fail

    #4 4 years ago
  5. BraveArse

    Much as I hate to contemplate it. I don’t think this *will* fail. Gamers have opened the door for this by making project 10 dollar a success for EA. People will buy into this blindly and make the hobby more expensive as a result.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Phoenixblight

    @5

    Project 10 dollar is not the same thing as making someone pay 15$ a month to play a game that they are already paying 15$ to MS so they can play multiplayer.

    Thats comparing apples to oranges.

    Project 10 dollar are for those that are buying a game second hand and for the publisher making money off of them because they wouldn’t see it otherwise.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. DSB

    If this really becomes the name of the game, then we’re truly fucked.

    Once you start dividing your customers into the people who are willing to pay a fee simply to gain a certain standing with a publisher, and the people who won’t, then you’re really crossing the line.

    It’s one thing to strip games of content and recharge after the fact, it’s another to tax people who buy resold games, but offering to tax your customers without even providing an actual product?

    Holy shit. That’s beyond anything “Boogieman” Kotick could dream up.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. HauntaVirus

    What’s next? In-game micro transactions for all console and PC games? Holy Hell EA.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Phoenixblight

    @8

    Thats already in place. I assume you never played Team Fortress or Portal 2?

    #9 4 years ago

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