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Electronic Arts Is Adding A Paid Subscription Service For Their Console Games

Sean W. Apr 22, 2011 1

Pretty soon, Electronic Arts will be adding a paid subscription service for their EA sports franchises.    This  subscription service is similar to the PSN+ program Sony is offering to Playstation users.

This subscription service will be available for the PS3 and the Xbox 360 and no price has yet been announced.  The EA Sports titles listed as part of this program is Madden NFL, FIFA, NHL, Tiger Woods PGA, SSX and NCAA.

Here’s what is offered from EA:

This subscription gives members access to exclusive benefits for Madden NFL, FIFA, NHL, Tiger Woods PGA Tour, SSX: Deadly Descents, and NCAA Football. While you’re a member, this new subscription service will enhance your gaming experience by providing you with:

“¢ Discounts on all downloadable content for participating EA Sports console-based titles.

“¢ Full downloadable versions of participating titles before they come out in stores.

“¢ Exclusive membership recognition badge that appear both in-game and on your web profile.

“¢ Ability to transfer paid content from your current participating titles to future title versions.

“¢ Free and exclusive opportunities to extend your EA Sports experience to PC and Web

“¢ Free and exclusive EA Sports downloadable content for participating console-based titles.

“¢ Your subscription will be available for purchase from participating retailers, through the EA website, or on your console.

One nice feature of this is the ability to transfer paid content to future versions.  This is nice if you bought a special Madden jersey and you want it for next years game.

The full downloadable versions of participating game titles is also nice.  I’m sure some die hard Madden fans will pay a fee to get the game a few days early.

Besides that, the value of this comes down to how much it is per month/year.  Since this subscription is on top of the $60 that must be paid for the games, these better be some deep discounts for the consumer.

I’m also curious if this effects the online pass EA currently uses to encourage new game sales over old ones.  Is EA going to continue charging the additional $10 for online play of used games for members of this service?

If this service is close to the $50 price tag per year, then the amount of DLC required to make it a bargain for the consumer is ridiculous.  If it’s $20, then there could be some value in this for the most die hard Madden fan.

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