EA have made a bold move with their Season Ticket idea, however for keen EA Sports fans I feel that the move may work perfectly.
EA Season Ticket is a new scheme which allows gamers to play their favourite EA Sports games 3 days earlier. As stated in their press release:
[box_light]With an annual fee of 2000 Microsoft Points, subscribers will receive four all-new program benefits: access to play all participating EA SPORTS games via a full-game digital download three days before consumers have the option to purchase a disc at retail launch; a 20-percent discount on downloadable game content; free premium web content; and membership recognition.[/box_light]
Season ticket was available from the 2nd of August on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console and they will see the benefits of it as soon as this month when Madden 12 launches. Season Ticket will also give access in the near future to NHL hockey, EA SPORTS FIFA and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR®.
More benefits are:
[box_light]With a paid subscription to EA SPORTS Season Ticket, fans will receive the following benefits for the four participating titles:
· Early Full-Game Digital Access: Three days before a game’s scheduled release, fans will be able to download and play the full version of all four participating titles on Xbox 360. After three days, the digitally downloaded game will time out and consumers have the option to purchase the same full game on disc at retail. EA SPORTS Season Ticket subscribers can transfer all achievements earned during the three-day download period to the purchased disc, resulting in an early edge over the competition.
· Discounted Downloadable Content: Subscribers will get a 20-percent discount on all available downloadable content for participating EA SPORTS titles. Downloadable content, which enhances and refreshes the core game experience, includes such items as Ultimate Team packs, accelerator packs and gear upgrades.
· Free Premium Web Content: Premium web content extends the game experience beyond the console to a web browser. All participating titles will feature premium web content that will be free to EA SPORTS Season Ticketmembers beginning with the premium Creation Centre packs for FIFA 12. These packs provide a deeper set of customization tools and abilities within Creation Centre to build your own teams and tournaments, and will be available to the consumer until the membership to the program has expired.
· Membership Recognition: Subscribers are easily identifiable with an exclusive membership recognition badge displayed both in-game and on their EASPORTS.com profile.[/box_light]
We are sure that this will be signs for some debate whether or not it is really worth £25 to play games 3 days early, but I’m sure for hardcore EA Sports fans it is worth it!