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Sony Online Entertainment considering single subscription model over all games for $14.99

Tuesday, 7th January 2014 09:04 GMT By Dave Cook

SOE boss John Smedley has revealed that the MMO studio is considering a single subscription model across all of its titles, as discussed in a post on Reddit.

Writing on the site, Smedley wrote, “We are considering (and are likely going to move forward with) a plan that means if you subscribe to one of our games you are a subscriber to all our games (this applies to PC titles only btw).. all for the current $14.99 a month. That’s a benefit most companies simply can’t offer because they don’t have our portfolio of games.

“The goal would be to let you pick an item in each game you play. Some of you might say “well who cares..I only play Planetside 2. How is that a benefit to me?” My answer is simple – we’ve got a great lineup of games, some of which aren’t announced yet that cater to a lot of players. We have EQN and EQNL coming along with other….. games… that PS2 players might just like.”

Interesting tease at the end there. Of course, we do know that EverQuest Next’s alpha testing phase is scheduled for January, so seems to be trundling along nicely. Hit the link for details of the test.

Further on Smedley confirmed that if the subs do become unified, you won’t get a refund on the time you’ve bought on multiple titles, but you will get time back for your unified subscription. The some model can’t apply to SOE’s console titles however.

Explaining the matter, he continued, “We can’t do the same kind of promotions as easily on the PS3 and PS4. We’re a lot more limited because we can’t use [SOE premium currency] Station Cash on there. So when we have a 3x sale on SC we have to do something different for our console titles. It’s a pain in the neck to deal with this.”

What do you make of the single sub model? Good idea? Bad idea? Let us know below.

Via Eurogamer.

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6 Comments

  1. Bowser

    I haven’t PC gamed since I built a rig in like ’02 but this seems like a good deal.

    #1 7 months ago
  2. SplatteredHouse

    If we had access to an idea of what their numbers (and player retention) was like outside of the headline grabbers, we would have a better chance to be able to weigh the value of the proposed deal. On paper, there’s, what, twelve games? For which you gain a free item each, per month, along with “premium” status – but what are the populations like? And, of course, they already announced that subscribers would receive these things in lieu of the formally traditional SC monthly stipend.

    What’s SOE’s gameplan with this? It sounds as if (given that they are specifically mentioned) this could be set to leverage the rest of the library as a loss leader for the new EQs.

    #2 7 months ago
  3. Panthro

    ‘PS2 players’ for a second their I thought they meant PLAYSTATION 2 games…

    But no, just planetside 2… If there is a $14.99 sub I want all micro transactions taken outta there games, otherwise there just throwing an extra charge on me for no reason.

    #3 7 months ago
  4. Kreion

    @3

    Don’t pay the charge, how about that?

    #4 7 months ago
  5. BrahManDude

    i rather have a subscription than a half ass free game

    #5 7 months ago
  6. melonbuster1

    Ps4 will be next.. watch.. 15.00 on top of the plus subscription

    #6 7 months ago

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