Starting April 02, Sony Online Entertainment will offer a single membership plan called All Access, that will cover all its MMOs (EverQuest, EverQuest II, DC Universe Online PC, PlanetSide 2 PC, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, and the upcoming EverQuest Next and EQN Landmark).
For $14.99 a month (with extra savings for 3, 6 and 12 month plans), subscribers will be able to:
- Claim 500 Station Cash monthly from within the game marketplaces.
- Receive a 10% discount on marketplace purchases.
- Gain access to exclusive promotions and offers throughout the year.
Besides, all players with existing memberships will be automatically upgraded into the new plan. As IGN points out, free-to-play members will still be able to play games without paying for them and the new consolidated payment options are only available on PC right now.
I’m interested to see how this single subscription model works. As I see it, lowering the barriers for those who want to play (at least) more than one MMOs is a clear vote of confidence for the free-to-play model. Why? Because now the only way to monetize those players (outside the single $14.99 subscription fee) will be through in-app purchases, as they will be spending less per game. Of course, those who only play one MMO won’t see any change.
In the end, it’s about giving people more for their money.
Source: SOE Community