Yesterday, EA announced a partnership with Microsoft to bring Access, a $4.99/$29.99 a year subscription service that grants access to EA’s “Vault” library (includes FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4). Today, Sony spoke out to Game Informer, explaining why they turned down the service.
“We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect…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 Sony representative said.
When it comes to subscription models, Sony is the reigning champion with PlayStation Plus, which has seen a rise of “more than 200% since the launch of the PlayStation 4.”
While the ideas behind EA’s Access program are interesting, I detest the idea of yet another paid service. Life is just easier when you can pay one service for everything. This splintering based on publisher only adds more work and confusion, and given EA’s standing within the gaming community, I don’t trust them to do Access right.
I’ve never once felt like EA has had my interest at heart, and this Access plan doesn’t change those feelings.