While the industry has always associated subscriptions models with MMO's, it seems EA is looking to broaden those terms onto the FPS market. Patrick Soderlund, head of EA Games label who oversees Electronic Art's more prominent shooter titles like Battlefield and Medal of Honor, recently spoke with VentureBeat
about some interesting changes that EA were looking at in regards to subscription based modelling.
I think it’s fair to say that we’re looking at that. Like all other companies, we’re looking at how we can maximize our investment in this and get the most out of our investment and get more people playing this product. That may take us to different places, but we’re not really talking about where that is yet.
While obviously this doesn't confirm that either the new Medal of Honor: Warfighter or Battlefield 4 will ever have subscription models, it's still a interesting scenario, one that quite a few gamers have been very vocal about.
You can check out the full interview here
which also talks about what EA thinks of Call of Duty and how it's a "different shooter". You can also check out AusGamers' interview
with DICE's Patrick Bach to talk about Battlefield 3 and their newest expansion, Close Quarter.
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A brutal match of Battlefield 5 is erupting, 200 players vying for control of the major victory point then suddenly..
.. PLEASE INSERT CREDIT CARD TO CONTINUE..
and after the rabid game swipes his card the EA logo shoots up and a voice over says - EA! It's in the escrow!
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Posted 04:46pm 16/3/12
I can honestly say that if this goes ahead I will absolutely not be buying any of these games, ever.
Posted 04:50pm 16/3/12
If they want a steady stream of income keep expansions / DLC with good content coming through.
Posted 04:52pm 16/3/12
EA in a nutshell. Are you surprised they would think about doing this? Makes me wonder if that company is even run by people who play games at all because they sure seem only into it to make money.
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i remeber back in the day they used to release the map tool to the community.
now u have to pay for gun cammo colours...
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We all have budgets (whatever they are) for games, if I'm playing Shooter A and liking it enough to keep subscribed then I'm just going to skip buying some other game instead.
Posted 06:13pm 16/3/12
It might be ok though if they take away the upfront costs though.
Posted 06:38pm 16/3/12
An even better idea would be if they just had ONE subscription, that allowed you access to ALL the extra goodies on any games under your subscribed account.
Posted 06:39pm 16/3/12
Good idea no? He tried pitching the idea to a publisher and their reply among others was "Console gamers literally are too dumb to play this kind of game". Seems like something EA would say.
Posted 06:51pm 16/3/12
I'd go along with that,just greedy f**'s though.
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how ghey will bf3 or bf4? be with a subscription....yeah yeah i hear all you people saying as long as they put out dlc and patch the game blah blah....it will become the norm and the effort into keeping a solid player base will start to fall.
so would you pay $15/month to play the old republic then another $15 to play a bfX then another $15 to play far cry X or whatever, gaming with a AAA title will become a hobby for the wealthy. not sure about you guys but i like to mix it up and play a variety of games each month.
:( as a gamin community we need to stand up and say a big f*** off to their subscription models.
keep it to paying for dlc only. flame on for the few who think its ok to pay each month...i'll have a laugh at your replies :)
at least there seem to be a few free to play games in the making
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I think that's where a subscription based system could be appealing, as long as they don't try to charge you full price for the game on top of a subscription it could work out better for gamers giving them more access to titles they otherwise wouldn't have purchased.
Of course being in Australia we would get screwed royally still with more funeral insurance and miracle diet ads than game content.
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Look at "Firefall"
Posted 07:06pm 17/3/12
It would make sense for Europe and the US but in Australia with out smaller pop it would be bad unless consoles and PC play together. I don't feel that there is enough depth to FPS to warrent a sub, What else do you do besides tasking out enemies? crafting/Gunsmithing? collecting resources? cybering with female medics?
Posted 09:17pm 17/3/12
Does a s***.
You choose the colour
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