With the advent of a new generation of consoles, it is often the case that the services populating those devices receive face-lifts. Sometimes these changes are minor and cosmetic, but in other cases they represent drastic shifts. Electronic Arts is looking to fit into the latter mode. With the coming of something new though, it often means saying goodbye to an old standby.
In this case, that old standby is EA Sports Season Ticket. By paying the subscription fee, sports fans could gain early access to upcoming EA Sports titles, discounts on DLC and added content for modes like Ultimate Team. While this service provided for sports fans last generation, Electronic Arts‘ recent reveal of EA Access represents the company’s move into the market of the current console generation.
Where does this leave Season Ticket though? According to EA Sports, this will be the service’s final season. Introduced in 2011, the service will be calling it quits at the end of the current season of sports games. That means that PS3 and Xbox 360 owners will still be able to make the most of the service over the next year as they play Madden NFL 15, FIFA 15, and NHL 15.
Following its final year, players will then have to turn to the current generation and the library presented by EA Access if they want to continue to feed that sports itch. It’s not too late to pick up your Season Ticket if you still haven’t made the generational jump yet, though. Clocking in with a lower price of entry, buying into the service’s final year will come with the following perks for Xbox 360 and PS3 users:
- Three days early access to Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, and FIFA 15
- 24 weeks of Ultimate Team packs for all participating titles
- 20 percent discount on DLC
- New, lower price of $19.99
This discounted price is available now for Xbox 360 users and will become available for PS3 users on August 26. It will be active for 12 months from the day of purchase with March 2015 marking the cut-off point for purchases.
Explaining the difference between the two services, EA Sports points out that while Season Ticket was aimed squarely at sports fans, EA Access will have a broader reach, touching properties from all corners of EA’s library. While this may come as a sting for those looking for a specialized sports subscription service, it’s a step forward for EA and could represent an interesting shift in how they distribute their products.
Taking this latest development into account, it has been an interesting week for EA Sports. Between the news that they have already begun work on FIFA 16 and FIFA 17 and the absolutely insane launch trailer for Madden NFL 15, Electronic Arts seems as though they are beginning to step outside of their comfort zone which could represent a positive new direction for the oft-maligned company.
Source: EA Sports
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