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Story of the Day 1/5/2014: Smedley Says One Sub for All SOE Games Coming Soon

Posted by BillMurphy Monday January 6 2014 at 11:38PM
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John Smedley, as much flack as he gets for SWG, seems to be doing a lot of good lately over at SOE. Today the man released a statement that not only addresses current changes to Sony Online's Planetside 2 station cash and the like, but also reveals a new subscription model for all SOE games.  There's even more up to date info here, on this Reddit Thread.

From Smed's original post:

"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 (this applies to PC titles only btw).. all for the current $14.99 a month. That's a benefit most companies simply can't offer because they don't have our portfolio of games. The goal would be to let you pick an item in each game you play. Some of you might say "well who cares..I only play Planetside 2. How is that a benefit to me?" My answer is simple - we've got a great lineup of games, some of which aren't announced yet that cater to a lot of players. We have EQN and EQNL coming along with other..... games... that PS2 players might just like :)"

Now, clever readers will remember something called the Station Pass, now the "All Access" pass. How is this new model Smed's describing different from the current? Well, it's basically a $5 reduction on the All Access pass. For the price of a standard MMO subscription, you'll get subscription status to all of SOE's games, across consoles and PC (the consoles are not a done deal, but should be), as well as added benefits every month in their completely free games without a subscription option.  

Now toss in the fact that EverQuest Next: Landmark is launching this year, and EverQuest Next might even see a beta this year (I'm just guessing), plus other games that Smed's hinting at which are yet to be announced... all of these you'll get access and special offers in for the cost of one game's subscription.  

As a game hopper by profession, I'm all over this. Something about the $19.99 has always kept me away, but knowing that for $15 I could get all the goodies across all the games would be just the right spot to get me to jump on the wagon.  I could see myself playing enough of those games enough times throughout the year to actually make a continual renewal worthwhile, and I'm sure SOE knows that most players of their games have dabbled or do toy around in their other titles.  

I also see this move as something that could potentially revitalize the subscription in a way. Industry insiders and analysts keep saying the sub fee is dying, but really... it's just that few games offer enough reason to subscribe for the long term. With the catalog of games SOE has in its grasp, this is a deal few MMO gamers would likely pass up (unless they're just not fans of SOE games, of course).

They're changing the currency of DCUO from Station Cash to Loyalty Points on the PC, and letting them stack up on your account, thus making the rewards the same across the PS3 and PS4 as well.  You'll still get your 500sc (see above-linked Reddit post), and additional discounts as well. Plus the All Access pass is being reduced to $14.99. It's a win-win-win. It's all with the goal of making these rewards for subscribing universal across all SOE products.  With EQ Next and Landmark on the horizon, I'm 100% behind this change.

How about you?

Laurann writes: He's doing a lot of good? lately? Just when SOE grabs a little traction and trust back from the community that they've pissed on so much in the past,  they pull a suckhead play with the monthly sub and station cash... I needed to be reminded why I hate SOE, and NOT get my wallet out for EQNL and EQN. That helped. Mon Jan 06 2014 11:43PM Report
BillMurphy writes: The SC pull has been reversed already.  See the articles linked above. :) Tue Jan 07 2014 12:45AM Report
mcrippins writes: Just as I thought SOE could do no good - this seems like a step in the right direction. Didn't know they reversed the SC change either. Cool.. Tue Jan 07 2014 6:17AM Report
Thessik_Irontail writes: Laurann: you hate SoE because they use the most successful long term payment model that has produced the most successful MMOs in history? Yeah.. what you said is just irrational drivel to try and justify your cheapness. If you get a job $15 a month is a complete non-issue. If its not, then spend time bettering your RL life instead of on games. Tue Jan 07 2014 8:36AM Report
Terranah writes:

I've been there done that with all their games.  Revisiting their games would feel like a step backward.


Maybe if there was a SWG.  Precu version preferably.  That would be something to see.


I will give EQN a shot though.  It looks very intriguing.  But I don't think I'll ever forget what they did to SWG.

Tue Jan 07 2014 9:04AM Report
Vonatar writes: What do you do when your products are declining in quality? You bundle them up and sell them off for one low price, of course. Tue Jan 07 2014 9:54AM Report
sketocafe writes:

Why'd you mention the change to PS 2 cash at the front and then never again in the rest of the article?


Tue Jan 07 2014 9:59AM Report
BillMurphy writes: Because it's been reverted, Sketocafe.  Read the rest of the article. :) Tue Jan 07 2014 11:17AM Report
ninjapy writes:

I wouldn't play EQN even if they paid me let only sub. It's an insult to all of us old school EQ players hoping to get a new EQ that EQ deuce didn't quite provide. Now we get a kiddie game with Lions as a playable race? No thanks. I'll keep my 15 bucks for something better in the future.


Tue Jan 07 2014 12:50PM Report
Kreeture writes: I think this is a great idea with much potential for the future of subs. I enjoy many soe games and would welcome the ability to play any of them for the price of one sub. Tue Jan 07 2014 10:18PM Report
aspekx writes:

Bill do you ever feel like there's this one guy with a thousand accounts and he's just been trolling you for the last 10 years? >.<


i'm excited. the fans kicked up dust and SOE reversed their decision.


personally i have seen an overall change in their service and habits for the better, albeit over time, since the 'make it right' campaign after the large hack they suffered.

Wed Jan 08 2014 5:59AM Report
alkarionlog writes: like I said in another post about this all games one sub, its a PR move, most games are already f2p, and all his games are old and dated, with so much others games around tell me why I would spend time on SoE games? maybe that will be a good thing for vets who want to revisit they old games but other then that I don't see the point Thu Jan 09 2014 7:37AM Report
syriinx writes: that sucks they reversed the SC thing, that was a huge boost for me.  Maybe if the other side bitches enough they will make it a choice - horde 500 or use for up to 2k Fri Jan 10 2014 6:54PM Report
syriinx writes:

"like I said in another post about this all games one sub, its a PR move, most games are already f2p, and all his games are old and dated, with so much others games around tell me why I would spend time on SoE games? maybe that will be a good thing for vets who want to revisit they old games but other then that I don't see the point"


Because for a lot of people EQ2, VG, even EQ1 are the best games out there.  And then add in EQN/EQL coming out soon.  Even if the restrictions are pretty minimal these days with the freemium models its still nice to sub and have zero restrictions.

Fri Jan 10 2014 6:57PM Report writes:
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