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EA's subscription service EA Access is to roll out to all Xbox One users today. The service was previously only available to users invited to take part in the closed beta.

EA Access offers subscribers access to digital copies of select EA titles, starting off with Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25 and Peggle 2, plus five days early access to future EA titles.

Subscribers will also receive 10 per cent off digital copies of EA's Xbox One lineup (excluding Titanfall), DLC and in-game currency. A subscription costs £3.99/month or £19.99/year.

EA confirmed last week that games would not be removed from the service once they were added to The Vault.

Source: ea.com

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Nxs

Frankly, I think this sucks! Forget about the fact that EA screws gamers over on a constant basis and forget about the fact that steam is an accepted part of PC gaming that everyone wants a piece of, forget EA shuts down servers, forget that EA screws over your favorite franchises and forget the fact that that can't be trusted at all.

If you can get over all that and more, than hey, this is a great thing! Might as well sell your soul to the devil as it is pretty close to the same thing!

:D
Posted 23:07 on 12 August 2014
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pblive

Also, car sales companies give incentives that are technically the same thing as add-ons, sometimes things you can't get elsewhere or added on later until they come out on the general market, books are sold with extra content from various sources (Readers Digest for example) that you can't get elsewhere and even movies come with extras (Sainsburys recently sold extra content discs with the movie), so it's not exclusive to games.
Posted 22:27 on 12 August 2014
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Karlius@ Tulipanzo

But usually incentives are the equivalent of tat. They don't really add anything to the game other than offering something a little different that you eventually get bored of and discard.

Day one DLC now I'm on board with your hatred for that if it's on the disk!
Posted 20:54 on 12 August 2014
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Tulipanzo@ pblive

I know, but if I pay €60 day one for a game I shouldn't have to pay more later for content available at launch. This becomes especially bad when content becomes exclusive to a particular store, edition or service. I'm not criticising the people who pre-order, because one may want to secure his copy for various reasons, but I shouldn't be affected for waiting for the game to come out. Phisical goods, beta and early access, extra in game cash are more than enough an incentive for a pre-order. The problem is when weapons, skins or even levels are locked off for pre-order.
Posted 12:54 on 12 August 2014
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pblive

There is very little Day One content that isn't then available later on.
Posted 12:42 on 12 August 2014
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Tulipanzo@ Karlius

I know the companies' reasons, but I find it unfair. Buying the game day one it's still enough proof of confidence in the game to grant the full content, I just want to see reviews before putting money on the table.
Posted 12:02 on 12 August 2014
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Karlius@ Tulipanzo

People like incentives without them there would be less preorders for certain shops. A prime example is Games exclusive brotherhood deal on Assassins Creed.
Posted 11:49 on 12 August 2014
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Tulipanzo@ pblive

Unfortunately... But that still doesn't mean it should happen. Pre-order bonuses should be limited to beta or early access, to me.
Posted 10:11 on 12 August 2014
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pblive@ Tulipanzo

I think you're a few generations late for that.
Posted 09:54 on 12 August 2014
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Tulipanzo@ pblive

There shouldn't be exclusive content, period. Not in shops, not online, not through pre-orders. If I buy the game I should get all that the game has to offer, which should be expanded through DLC, not subtracted through exclusive bonuses.
Posted 09:20 on 12 August 2014
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pblive@ Tulipanzo

As opposed to having to go to 4 different shops to buy a copy of the game in each shop to get all the content, which is what happens now?
Posted 09:16 on 12 August 2014
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Tulipanzo@ pblive

That would be awful! Having to buy the game and subscribe to have all content would be a terrible idea!
Posted 09:12 on 12 August 2014
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pblive@ Tulipanzo

Locking games into the system is unlikely to happen, it would hurt individual sales, which is still where they're likely to make the most money at launch. There's certainly the possibility of unique add-on content, though, which I believe would be fine.
Posted 09:02 on 12 August 2014
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Tulipanzo@ Karlius

Well, what I was asking was: could this service bring forth other (potentially content locking) subscriptions, and would that be a good thing?
I know the guy isn't universally loved, to use an euphemism, and suspected you wouldn't like him seeing what he thinks of the XBox One. That's why I wanted to put the focus on the topic rather than he himself.
Posted 08:56 on 12 August 2014
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pblive@ Karlius

Despite that, it's a real concern, or at least a point to ponder on. However, the model could work.

I think it's highly likely that at least one other publisher would try the same thing if this is successful (and it seems like it's going to be).

The question, though, is; are you happy with multiple services on a platform or would you rather see one unified service?

There are benefits to both methods; with different services you only pay for the publishers you like and can pick and choose, paying a monthly or yearly subscription for each of them or just choose to buy individual games.

For a single service the price would be cheaper overall for those who like a range of games from different publishers and you get a much broader range of games. However, there's less opportunity to choose the potential titles on offer.

Either way, all of these are choices that aren't forced upon you, you can still continue to buy individual games whenever you want. I can see Xbox turning into a multi-streamed service and the Games with Gold possibly keeping just those Microsoft games and a few from publishers who don't have a subscription models, a sort of pick-n-mix.
Posted 08:49 on 12 August 2014

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Release Date: 01/11/2013
Developer: D.I.C.E
Publisher: EA
Genre: First Person Shooter
Rating: PEGI 18+
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