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EA are teaming up with Microsoft to launch a subscription service for some of their biggest games exclusively on Xbox One, called ‘EA Access’. It will cost $29.99 per year (or $5 a month), and will let users download and play a selection of games for no additional cost; with the first titles being selected for a beta period are FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 & Battlefield 4.
Subscribers will also have the opportunity to get to 10% discounts on digital EA content on Xbox One, as well as early access to upcoming titles including the latest versions of FIFA, Battlefield & the recently delayed Dragon Age: Inquisition. A similar plan will not be rolled out on the PS4 however, as Sony (who already offer games every month on their own PS Plus subscription plan) have distanced themselves from the initiative:
‘PlayStation Plus memberships are up more than 200% since the launch of PlayStation 4, which shows that gamers are looking for memberships that offer a multitude of services, across various devices, for one low price…we don’t think asking our fans to pay an additional $5 a month for this EA-specific program represents good value to the PlayStation gamer’ – A Playstation spokesperson speaking to Game Informer
I’m not sure that perhaps the irony of including Crysis 3 in their PS Plus offerings for August has dawned on Sony, but I digress – is this the sort of path that other big publishers such as Ubisoft and Capcom may end up following in the near future? Continue reading WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 28TH JULY – 3RD AUGUST