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Post by Eorl @ 11:58am 08/01/14 | 3 Comments
Sony Online Entertainment has revealed that the PlanetSide and EverQuest developer is looking change its subscriptions model for its line-up of PC MMOs into a single system where users pay one fee for access to its entire catalog of games.

In a recent Reddit thread, SOE head John Smedley said that the company would "likely move forward" with a plan to charge customers at a flat fee of $14.99 for access to its entire catalog of various games on PC, a first for any MMO developer.

"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," he wrote. "That's a benefit most companies simply can't offer because they don't have our portfolio of games."

At the moment the changes look to be in-development for North American subscribers (which includes Australia), though European gamers will have to wait just a bit longer for the new subscription to be implemented, according to Smedley. "We need to discuss with our partners," he wrote. "We have a pretty good idea on this though. Give us a bit of time to suss this out."

When the change of plan goes into effect, current subscribers will be offered refunds for any games they pay for, and the new plan will be offered in its place. Sadly this new change of subscription model is one that will not transition over to the console equivalent titles like PlanetSide 2 and DC Universe Online, Smedley noted.

"We can't do the same kind of promotions as easily on the PS3 and PS4," Smedley concluded. "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."

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Posted 01:58pm 08/1/14
current subscribers will be offered refunds for any games they pay for

How far will the refunds go back, anything that's been paid for in advance since the announcement or from the time paid subscription was turned on? if it's the latter that's alot of coin so I doubt it.

It's a good model be interesting to see what it does with their subscription titles.
Posted 04:38pm 08/1/14
Mosfx it would probably be a partial refund only.

If you subscribed to game 1 and game 2 ($30 a month total) and you had eight months left of your sub they would probably give you $120 back ($15 x 8 months)
Posted 04:44pm 08/1/14
Yeah thats what I thought would be the case, is Everquest any good I might actually give this a go when they make the changes I didn't mind Planetside 2
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