EG: "There will "absolutely" come a time when you'll want "access" to EA Sports content via monthly or annual subscriptions, label vice president Andrew Wilson predicted to Eurogamer."
Count me out if that happens.
So taking away money from the Used Sales business wasn't enough, they want more more more... E A Sports - Screw the game.
Or for free... surely?
. What EA is saying is if the game is popular, meaning anything over a million in sales, then they will require a subscription to play...what a swell bunch of fellas these EA guys are huh...O_o EA is a great view of what the future of gaming will be like...if they get their way. People who buy EA games are voting for this with their wallets. Honestly, I doubt this will work. Most sports games, tho they sell well, are generally for the casuals who don't game all the time. It's a recreational thing and I doubt they would want to pay a monthly fee for that. COD and games of that nature are different. There is an entire ecosystem around those titles and it's a massive one. Clans are a big feature as are game battles. Activision has said they will never charge a monthly fee for COD, in terms of the game and it's multi-player. COD Elite is for the hardcore COD players of which there are millions, who game everyday and twice on weekends. They are part of the fabric of COD and want no part of anything else and will be happy to pay for all the features it will provide them.
This will really piss off the 360 only owners. 1. Pay your internet provider a monthly fee. 2. Pay Microsoft to use your Internet provider through Live. 3. Then have to pay EA a subscription fee to access the game? Man I miss the days of buying a console and a game, then being able to play the game in it's entirety. When the game industry crashes again, I hope they realize it was their greed that caused it.
That's what I was saying when Wii U announced that it's online portal will be dev specific. Each dev will just charge their own online fees basically meaning activision and EA will make a killing - particularly EA seeing how many big titles they have.
Oh EA, guess you've never changed afterall. Not only do you want us to buy your sports games every year, as you are, now more than ever it seems, shutting down online services for your older sports games, you also want us to buy them new, or we'll have to pay you an online pass, and now you want us to pay for a subscription? Considering the fact that most of your games are little more than small upgrades over the previous game, I'd hope you'd atleast a free upgrade to those who subscribe to a monthly fee, something you probably have no intention of doing. And by the way, what's the point of making a Madden 12 if there's no NFL season? Would skipping a year to give your developer some time to make important changes to the Madden franchise be such a bad thing?
I think the industry will fail here soon thanks to online passes,subs, cutting content and charging for it(DLC). Everything is becoming so generic and watered down. Maybe it's time to destroy and rebuild...
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