EA Sports launches Season Ticket subscription

Electronic Arts is launching a $25 annual 'Season Ticket' subscription service for its sports games, giving pre-release access, a discount on DLC, and more.

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Pre-release access to EA Sports games on Xbox 360 and PS3, a 20% discount on DLC, and "premium web content" are amongst the goodies being offered in a $25 annual 'Season Ticket' subscription, launching today on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Marketplace.

Madden NFL Football, NHL Hockey, FIFA Soccer, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR Golf, and NCAA Football will take part in the EA Sports Season Ticket program. The benefits will kick off this month with early access to Madden NFL 12, so Madden fans who want to spend extra money beyond the $60 charged for each year's new edition can get right down to it.

Here's exactly what you'll get for your $25:

  • 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 five participating titles on Xbox 360 and PS3. The digitally downloaded game will time out when the game is available at retail 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 Ticket members beginning with the premium Creation Center packs for FIFA Soccer 12. These packs provide a deeper set of customization tools and abilities within Creation Center 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.

"EA Sports Season Ticket is an exciting program for our core fans — it lets our biggest fans play earlier, play more and play better than anyone else," EA Sports president Peter Moore said in the announcement. "EA Sports Season Ticket is an important step in our vision for transforming how deeply fans connect with the sports games they love through digital products and services. We're excited to continue evolving EA Sports Season Ticket as we listen to what consumers want most in their gaming experiences."

The online era is proving very handy for publishers looking to continue making money from players after they've bought the game. Downloadable content is now ubiquitous, more and more major publishers are launching online pass schemes to claw back money purportedly lost to used game sales. It seems subscription services are the next step. Activision is launching the Call of Duty Elite social service for its annualized FPS franchise, offering premium features to subscribers.

Some will scoff at the offerings, but there will certainly be an audience for this and similar programs. Let's hope they stay restricted to frilly perks, though, and we don't see core parts of the game become subscriber-only features.

From The Chatty
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    August 2, 2011 6:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, EA Sports launches Season Ticket subscription.

    Electronic Arts is launching a $25 annual 'Season Ticket' subscription service for its sports games, giving pre-release access, a discount on DLC, and more.

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      August 2, 2011 7:46 AM

      i wonder if roster updates are involved in any of this

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      August 2, 2011 8:33 AM

      wait, so not only do you pay 60 a year for roster updates and minor graphical tweeks, they want you to pay even more for gimmicky stuff? And to top that off, didn't they just shut down 2009 servers? they are really trying to funnel the fans into a money pit.

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      August 2, 2011 8:42 AM

      MOAR MONEY PLZ!! Must keep the EA furnace burning.

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      August 2, 2011 10:12 AM

      Makes me laugh.... all the fanboys are all for COD's elite service... but EA is wrong ??? Stupid trolls...

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        August 2, 2011 10:15 AM

        no I'm pretty sure it's all the same people raging against both

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        August 2, 2011 10:40 AM

        erm, i haven't seen anyone here defend COD's elite thing.

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          August 2, 2011 10:54 AM

          more importantly i don't think anyone has given a shit about it.

          it was a fun thing to use during w@W, all that shit from w@w's webstats was included in blops, and now they are charging for the same thing.

          meh, if people are that stat whorish that they wanna pay for it, let them. Ill use my money for fried chicken or mcdonalds or something.

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        August 2, 2011 12:18 PM

        you should do some more research. Also, that's not how you're supposed to use an ellipsis.

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      August 2, 2011 12:07 PM

      I'm sure for those that really love sports games it will be great and they will love it. Me personally I don't play any sports games and I haven't in a long time not since I could play blitz or NBA Jam in an arcade.

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      August 2, 2011 12:10 PM

      Not worth it, nothing physical, or even non-physical of value.

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      August 2, 2011 12:27 PM

      Uh, so you can pay for the demo now? What the fuck?

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        August 4, 2011 12:02 PM

        It's the full game for a few days and it transfers data to your purchase copy, unlike the demo

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      August 2, 2011 12:50 PM

      I wonder if they'll still shut the servers down every two years.

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      August 2, 2011 12:55 PM

      How about they fix the game breaking roster bug in NCAA 12. Then I can play my game.