SOE Will Move Forward With All Access Subscription Plan

January 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony Online Entertainment will likely change its subscriptions model for its line-up of PC MMOs into a single system where users pay one fee for access to its entire catalog of games. In a recent Reddit thread, SOE head John Smedley said that the company would "likely move forward" with a plan to charge customers a flat monthly fee of $14.99 for access to its entire catalog of games on the PC.

"We are considering (and are likely going to move forward with) a plan that means if you subscribe to one of our games you are a subscriber to all our games," he wrote. "That's a benefit most companies simply can't offer because they don't have our portfolio of games."

Europe will have to wait a bit longer for this new subscription model to be implemented, according to Smedley:

"We need to discuss with our partners," he wrote. "We have a pretty good idea on this though. Give us a bit of time to suss this out."

When the plan goes into effect, current subscribers would get refunds to any games they pay for, and the new plan would be offered in their place.

The plan will not extend to MMOs on consoles (PS3, PS4) like PlanetSide and DC Universe Online, Smedley noted.

"We can't do the same kind of promotions as easily on the PS3 and PS4," Smedley concluded. "We're a lot more limited because we can't use [SOE premium currency] Station Cash on there. So when we have a 3x sale on SC we have to do something different for our console titles. It's a pain in the neck to deal with this."

SOE currently operates EverQuest, EverQuest 2, EverQuest Next, PlanetSide 2, DC Universe Online, PoxNora, Free Realms, and Star Wars: Clone Adventures.

Source: Eurogamer


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Re: SOE Will Move Forward With All Access Subscription Plan

The all Access plan is still there, they haven't removed it.

https://www.soe.com/allaccess/?locale=en_US

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Re: SOE Will Move Forward With All Access Subscription Plan

They USED to have one as I recall.. I used it at one time long long ago..

Why they stopped is beyond me...

So its not like they really have anything to do, except resetup the old one and add the new games.

Re: SOE Will Move Forward With All Access Subscription Plan

Their all access pass was a different and more expensive plan. I assume they dropped it because there weren't enough people going for it.

That said, this is a good move. They might have trouble talking people into paying fifteen bucks a month for games that are old or crappy (or both) like EverQuest, Planetside, or DC Universe Online, but they could pull off getting people to drop fifteen bucks for all of them.

Re: SOE Will Move Forward With All Access Subscription Plan

Trust me, there are people who vastly prefer the older Planetside due to how the battles went.

Re: SOE Will Move Forward With All Access Subscription Plan

It wasn't really different in anything except price really. It was still an all access to their library of MMO games. 

They should've just lowered its price if it wasn't working out, and when things went free. Which is really all they're doing now.

 
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