Now, according to a consumer survey acquired by PastaPadre, PlayStation Universe and other sites EA allegedly has hit upon an entirely lucrative methodology of getting your money every single year. The document dictates plans to introduce a yearly subscription service that would tie into all EA Sports titles. For a yearly price--the cost is currently being bandied somewhere between $14.99 and $34.99--users will gain access to a number of exclusive offerings, including: == TEASER ==
- Discounts on DLC
- Exclusive DLC
- An in-game and website-based "Digital Badge"
- Ability to transfer paid content from older titles to newer titles
- Early downloadable access to new feature titles
In practice, this actually sounds a little like the PlayStation Plus model for subscription-based gaming. Those who just want to buy a copy of Madden NFL 12 and not futz with all of the extra perks and downloadables and whatnot can do so, their enjoyment only encumbered by the need to enter a code to play online and an aural assault courtesy of Young Jeezy and Ozzy Osbourne. But were you the kind of hardcore player to take advantage of things like multiple DLC downloads, these discounts and exclusives could prove a legitimate enticement.
EA, for its part, declined to comment on this story.
"We have no announcements at this time," said a company spokesperson this morning.
If this is a real thing, we will undoubtedly be hearing more around E3 2011.