What If EA let you play your favorite sports game three days before it came out? This question is becoming a reality for those who enjoy any or all of the five games that EA Sports is offering with there new “Season Ticket” subscription based program. The NHL, NFL, NCAA Football, PGA Golf and FIFA franchises are taking part in the new service that EA is trying to sell to gamers for $25. The perks included are the following —
Download and Play The Full Game(from any of the 5 games above) Three Days Prior To Release
20 percent off DLC For those games
Premium Web Content
Member Recognition (A Badge Visible online)
If you are someone who is on the fence or unsure of the latest Madden title or those who want to try and explore another one of the EA Games, I think that this is an viable option. Having a Group of friends decide to use one gamer tag to play each of the games before they come out and testing them out could be beneficial. Although you would have to buy $125 worth of DLC to break even and the “Premium Web Content” is still a mystery, this is a look toward the future of video games with subscription based offerings. This is just the initial offering from EA Sports; In the future I see greater discount rates, more games included and actual premium web content included with the subscription. As of now I think the offering is still a bit ruff, sports games usual have many bugs initially and without a patch to later fix those issues consumers might be turned off. This offering is interesting due to the potential negative effects it could have on sales, although they are making money off you either way.